Saturday November 19, 2011 Day 12 Finished Stadio Artemio Franchi

  1. Milan held by Rossi's Fiorentina

    Milan held by Rossi's Fiorentina

    Fiorentina held Serie A champions Milan to a goalless draw in new coach Delio Rossi's first game in charge at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fiorentina
    • AC Milan
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and Fiorentina have clung on for a goalless draw against Milan, with the visitors very frustrated! It's a very solid start for new boss Delio Rossi. Thanks for joining us. Serie A table
    • 90+3' Another break from Milan peters out, and Fiorentina look to have closed out this match with their stout defending.
    • 90+1' Ibrahimovic has another free kick 25 yards out, and it's deflected off the wall and behind for a corner.
    • 90' There will be four added minutes at the end of this second half as Milan apply real pressure on their hosts.
    • 88' Ibrahimovic drives the ball over the bar, and another good opportunity to test Boruc goes begging.
    • 87' Pato wins a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, and this could be dangerous...
    • 85' Nocerino continues to cause havoc with his late runs into the Fiorentina box, but he loses his composure and fails to get a shot away.
    • 83' What a save from Boruc! Again it is Emanuelson who is denied from close range as Boruc pulls out another incredible stop!
    • 81' Milan suddenly find themselves under the cosh as Fiorentina break through Montolivo but find no end product.
    • 79' Emanuelson has a close-range shot parried away superbly by Boruc, and that was a stunning reflex save!
    • 77' Pato hits the post! The Brazilian almost makes a stunning impact as he jinks inside a challenge from Kharja and sees a low drive rebound cruelly off the far post with Boruc beaten!
    • 75' Milan win a free kick on halfway as Abate sees an attempted long ball handled by Lazzari.
    • 73' What an effort from Pasqual! In a game in which both sides have traded overly ambitious and poorly executed long-range efforts, Pasqual produces the best with a fierce drive from 30 yards which zips agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 71' Urby Emanuelson comes on for Milan as the visitors make a second change, and it is Seedorf who makes way.
    • 69' It's the change that everyone has been waiting for: Pato comes on to replace Robinho as Milan make their first substitution.
    • 67' Lazzari lashes a fierce shot from outside the Milan box, and Nastasic is furious that he doesn't get a return pass from the midfielder.
    • 65' Ambrosini wins a free kick in the Milan half, and it's a foul from Silva again which gives Milan the chance to rebuild.
    • 63' Santiago Silva is penalised as he challenges with Nocerino, and he is absolutely furious with that rather petty call!
    • 61' Houssine Kharja comes on for Gianni Munari as Fiorentina make their second change.
    • 59' Behrami lunges in recklessly on Abate, before Ibrahimovic lashes a crazy free kick from all of 30 yards miles wide!
    • 57' Seedorf plays in Ibrahimovic, but this time the Swede blazes a wild shot over the bar, and Milan have lacked composure in the final third so far.
    • 55' Ibrahimovic is very frustrated as another through ball from midfield is misplaced, this time from Ambrosini.
    • 53' Nocerino has another pop from range, but the ball fizzes wide of the near post, and Boruc is untroubled on this occasion.
    • 51' Aquilani fouls Lazzari on halfway, and it's getting very fragmented in midfield as both sides get stuck in attempting to assume control.
    • 49' Ibrahimovic and Nocerino each go very close with drives from the edge of the Fiorentina box within the space of a minute and the hosts are forced under the cosh!
    • 47' Lazzari wins a free kick out on the left for Fiorentina, and the hosts start the second half very positively.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, and Fiorentina introduce Santiago Silva in place of Alessio Cerci.
    • 45+1' The breakthrough is not forthcoming, and it is goalless at half-time between Fiorentina and Milan. The visitors have dominated the play, but have nothing to show for their efforts thus far. Do you think Milan can find the elusive opening goal, or will Fiorentina surprise their visitors?
    • 45' There will be just one minute of added time at the end of this first half, and Milan continue to press forward in anticipation of a breakthrough.
    • 43' Aquilani again tries his luck from the edge of the Fiorentina box, but he fires wide and his radar has not been up to much this evening.
    • 41' Seedorf lashes a ferocious drive from all of 30 yards, and Boruc is forced into making a good save down low to his left to parry the ball wide.
    • 39' Fiorentina indulge in a rare visit to the Milan half, but Munari blasts a wild shot wide and the move peters out poorly.
    • 37' Again, Milan break from deep at pace, but good pressing from the hosts forces them back to halfway.
    • 35' Milan break incisively and a long move culminates in Ibrahimovic laying the ball off to Aquilani, but he wastes the opening with a rash shot over!
    • 33' Ibrahimovic combines well with Robinho, but the Swede is unable to get a shot away as he is crowded out by Behrami and Pasqual.
    • 31' Nocerino wins a free kick on the left for Milan, and the visitors are getting most joy from set pieces right now, despite all their possession.
    • 29' Seedorf whips over a devilish delivery from the left, and Aquilani rises high to head agonisingly over the crossbar with Boruc comprehensively beaten!
    • 27' Behrami cynically hauls down Robinho as the Brazilian looks to break down the right at pace.
    • 25' Milan build patiently in their own half, and it is very slow going as Fiorentina sit deep and soak up the pressure.
    • 23' There's a delay in proceedings as Manuel Pasqual goes down clutching his thigh, and he gets to his feet very gingerly.
    • 21' Munari commits a needless foul as Aquilani is too fleet-footed for the Fiorentina midfielder.
    • 19' Aquilani this time wins a free kick, and Milan are dominating with Fiorentina forced under the cosh.
    • 17' Ibrahimovic wins a free kick for Milan, but the set piece is rather wasted as Seedorf looks to take it too quickly.
    • 15' Seedorf this time decides not to run behind the Fiorentina back four, and simply lashes a fierce shot from the edge of the area - it sails wide!
    • 13' It's all Milan now as Antonini attempts a through ball to Seedorf, but the Dutchman is ruled offside.
    • 11' Milan build patiently before Ibrahimovic drags a tame shot wide of the near post from the edge of the Fiorentina box.
    • 9' Thiago fouls Cerci, and the floppy-haired Fiorentina forward milks it for all he is worth.
    • 8' Ibrahimovic appeals for handball as Behrami challenges with him in the Fiorentina box, but there was nothing in that.
    • 7' Robinho makes a sharp run down the right, and Nastasic has to hastily back track and sweep up for the hosts.
    • 5' Milan finally look as though they are settling into the match, and the visitors keep the ball effectively.
    • 3' Ambrosini unleashes a wild shot from range which flies high and wide - a poor effort.
    • 2' Milan sit off pretty deep and soak up the early pressure from their hosts with Seedorf playing pretty far forward.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Stadio Artemio Franchi and Fiorentina immediately enjoy a good spell of possession.
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fiorentina: Boruc, Nastasic, Gamberini, Pasqual, De Silvestri, Montolivo, Lazzari, Munari, Behrami, Gilardino, Cerci. Subs: Kharja, Babacar, Neto, Camporese, Salifu, Caldeira, Silva. Milan: Abbiati, Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Abate, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Nocerino, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic, Robinho.
    • - Delio Rossi (Fiorentina): "AC Milan are in great form and it will be very difficult to stop them. But we will try to do our best and get a result at home."
    • - Massimiliano Allegri (Milan): "We want to remain in the high positions of the standings. But tomorrow we face a Fiorentina side that has found new enthusiasm after a coaching change.We will have to play a great game to bring home a positive result. To face teams coached by Rossi is always difficult and we must be aware that we will take on a team that will have found new motivations, as well as new work methods and we must be ready."
    • - TEAM NEWS: Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi may be without talented forward Stevan Jovetic for his first match in charge at home to champions AC Millan. The Montenegrin, who has been in sensational form this season despite the Viola's indifferent displays, picked up a hip injury on international duty in midweek.
    • - Third-placed Milan have striker Alexandre Pato back in contention for Saturday's trip to Fiorentina after a two-month absence through injury. But the likely return of the Brazilian, who scored a 24-second goal in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona in September, will be Wednesday's Champions League return match against Barca at the San Siro.
    • - Welcome to LIVE text coverage of the Serie A clash between Fiorentina and Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi.
  • Summary

    • 83' What a save from Boruc! Again it is Emanuelson who is denied from close range as Boruc pulls out another incredible stop!
    • 79' Emanuelson has a close-range shot parried away superbly by Boruc, and that was a stunning reflex save!
    • 77' Pato hits the post! The Brazilian almost makes a stunning impact as he jinks inside a challenge from Kharja and sees a low drive rebound cruelly off the far post with Boruc beaten!
    • 73' What an effort from Pasqual! In a game in which both sides have traded overly ambitious and poorly executed long-range efforts, Pasqual produces the best with a fierce drive from 30 yards which zips agonisingly wide of the far post!
    • 49' Ibrahimovic and Nocerino each go very close with drives from the edge of the Fiorentina box within the space of a minute and the hosts are forced under the cosh!
    • 29' Seedorf whips over a devilish delivery from the left, and Aquilani rises high to head agonisingly over the crossbar with Boruc comprehensively beaten!
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fiorentina: Boruc, Nastasic, Gamberini, Pasqual, De Silvestri, Montolivo, Lazzari, Munari, Behrami, Gilardino, Cerci. Subs: Kharja, Babacar, Neto, Camporese, Salifu, Caldeira, Silva. Milan: Abbiati, Silva, Nesta, Antonini, Abate, Ambrosini, Aquilani, Nocerino, Seedorf, Ibrahimovic, Robinho.

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