Saturday October 27, 2012 Day 9 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan v Genoa

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  1. Italian Serie A - El Shaarawy strike gives Milan much-needed win over Genoa

    Italian Serie A - El Shaarawy strike gives Milan much-needed win over Genoa

    Stephan El Shaarawy scored on his 20th birthday as AC Milan picked up only their third Serie A win of the season at home to Genoa at the San Siro. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+4' It's over! Milan have won only their third match from nine so far in the Serie A season. Birthday boy Stephan El Shaarawy's strike sees the former European champions overtake Genoa in the table with a 1-0 win. Thanks for joining us tonight, follow me on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+3' Almost a late chance for Genoa but Immobile's touch is heavy and much to Milan's relief, the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 90+1' The hosts are guilty on a couple of occasions of playing rashly and losing possession when surely short passes to men in space to run down the clock would be advised.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time for Milan to hold on for the three points.
    • 89' Pazzini is lucky not to be booked for a high foot going in for a challenge with Granqvist.
    • 88' Emanuelson, who behind El Shaarawy has been Milan's best player through what has been a tough 88 minutes so far, is replaced by Antonio Nocerino.
    • 87' Looks like Milan are preparing their final substitution.
    • 86' Cool stuff from Amelia and the back three to play their way out of Genoa pressure at the back.
    • 85' Ball inside from Constant is left by Pazzini on the edge of the area and runs to Emanuelson! Just over! Good drive!
    • 83' Genoa caught off-guard by a long ball counter from the hosts but Frey is out of his six-yard box quickly to beat Emanuelson to it and punt the ball out of play.
    • 82' Another tidbit, El Shaarawy turned 20 today. Nice birthday present. He's also the first Milan player to score on his birthday in Serie A since Jose Mari in their 4-1 win over Lecce in 2000.
    • 80' Jankovic is struggling a bit and gingerly walks off to make way for Cristobal Jorquera. That's all three changes for the visitors. Milan have one left.
    • 79' Abate looks offside from the replays, mind you. Takes the gleam off the goal a little (and off the superb ball from Emanuelson), but Milan will not care. They NEED this win.
    • 78' As promised in interviews, El Shaarawy did not celebrate the goal. Apparently with seven goals now before December, the youngster has won a bet with Ambrosini for a holiday...!
    • 77' GOAL MILAN! It has finally come! It's El Shaarawy with the close-range finish after Abate's powerful low cross. Superb through pass from Emanuelson to put the right-back in position. 1-0!
    • 76' El Shaarawy has no options other than to shoot from 25 yards. He fires over.
    • 75' The free-kick hits the wall, and the follow-up from Jankovic hits his own man and goes out for a goal kick.
    • 74' Now Yepes is booked at the other end for a challenge on Jankovic just outside the Milan box.
    • 73' Yepes wins Milan another corner but it's cleared at the near post.
    • 72' Here's the change, Milan's second, as Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Pato in a straight swap.
    • 71' Another chance for Milan with de Jong looking set to connect but the offside flag goes up.
    • 70' Pazzini is warming up for Milan, who are in desperate need of a cutting edge.
    • 69' Kranjc soon finds himself heading a Milan corner clear until the offside flag ends the attack completely.
    • 68' Moretti makes way for Luca Krajnc in Genoa's second change.
    • 66' Good run into the box off the ball by El Sharaawy but the ball from Montolivo isn't up to par.
    • 65' Milan still two-thirds of possession to the good but with 25 minutes left are stalemated with Genoa.
    • 64' Bovo's raking ball forward is too strong for Sampirisi to keep in play out on the right.
    • 63' Superb first touch and great close control by Emanuelson leaves Moretti in his wake but his cross-cum-shot attempt neither finds a team-mate nor the back of the net.
    • 62' Bovo tees up a Merkel 25-yarder which Amelia holds well.
    • 60' Abate keeps causing problems for Genoa with his crosses and this time Constant is just unable to bring one down properly at the far post.
    • 59' Bovo picks up a yellow card for tangling up with Pato to prevent a quick Milan attack from the goal kick.
    • 58' Markel's first act is to head a free-kick delivery over the bar.
    • 57' Alexander Merkel is on for Bertolacci in Genoa's first change before the next corner is taken.
    • 56' Corner cleared but another is coming up as Granqvist puts an Abate corner behind.
    • 55' Second ball is whipped into the area where de Jong brings it down and is he fouled? Ref says he went down too easily! Abate on the follow-up! Good block by the legs of Frey!
    • 54' Urby tries to drive it inside toward the near bottom corner but it's blocked.
    • 52' Series of fouls by Genoa but the free-kick is ultimately given for one on Emanuelson. It's just outside the right-hand corner of the box.
    • 51' Emanuelson wins a free-kick on the right but the delivery flies straight out for a goal kick at the other end.
    • 50' Kucka lets rip from 35 yards but doesn't come close to testing Amelia. Goal kick.
    • 48' Abate's clever loft down the right flank just has too much on it for Emanuelson to catch.
    • 47' Pato creates space for himself on the right-hand side of the penalty area but Constant and El Shaarawy are just unable to get onto his low square ball. Would have been 1-0 if they had.
    • 46' Milan kick off the second half, which ran a little long by my watch, and the game has resumed.
    • 45+3' Half-time and it's 0-0 at the San Siro. Moments of interest few and far between as for the time being, Milan are once again finding themselves stifled on home turf. Can they convert one of their chances after the break, or is another 1-0 defeat more likely? Let me know what YOU think on Twitter - @liamhappe
    • 45+2' Another dangerous delivery from Abate but Granqvist clears.
    • 45+1' Tozser fouls Emanuelson on the right flank but the free-kick goes to waste.
    • 45' Three minutes added onto the first half.
    • 44' Constant gets involved early, moving down the left before pinging a centre to the feet of Pato, who turns but goes to ground. Referee tells him to get up.
    • 43' Kevin Constant replaces the injured Antonini.
    • 42' We are finally going to resume play as Bertolacci slowly returns to his feet but first the Milan sub...
    • 41' Bertolacci is fouled by Yepes, and despite initially trying to play on Milan put the ball out to jeers.
    • 40' Pato almost bursts ahead of the back line but uses a little too much force trying to hold them off.
    • 39' Antonini has a nasty gash on his leg and he may well be withdrawn here.
    • 38' Corner nonetheless for Milan and the failed clearance falls for El Shaarawy! Crosses low but two red and black shirts are unable to connect by inches!
    • 37' Pato bombs forward on the break down the right but fails to look up and spot the obvious ball to an unmarked El Shaarawy in the area.
    • 36' Bertolacci goes into the book for a foul on El Shaarawy.
    • 34' Mostly Milan thus far but they've not been able to make good on their superior possession and chances. How many times have we heard that about them this season?
    • 32' Milan with a free-kick from the right which they're pretty annoyed wasn't given as advantage. Nonetheless, Emanuelson has his cross attempt after the restart closed down and cleared.
    • 31' Good inside cross from Abate but Granqvist is back to head away.
    • 30' Clever corner is played low to the nearby corner of the box where de Jong gets onto it and has an on target strike blocked! A few half-hearted shouts for handball but play continues.
    • 29' El Shaarawy has a shot deflected behind for a corner by Bovo after a dazzling run into the final third.
    • 27' Corner taken short by Emanuelson and Antonini crosses for Yepes to head over.
    • 26' El Shaarawy feeds Abate on the right for a cross which takes a deflection and has to be pushed onto the crossbar by Frey. Milan corner coming up.
    • 25' Lovely ball from Montolivo from the right, headed down by Pato but nobody is there to receive it but Seb Frey in the Genoa goal.
    • 23' 66% possession from Milan so far.
    • 22' Jankovic back-heel to Bertolacci on the right wing but before he can fire in a cross, El Shaarawy is back for the steal.
    • 20' Bertolacci almost finds a hole to thread a through pass into the Milan danger zone. It catches the leg of Bonera and is cleared.
    • 19' Try as Antonelli might, his hustle is not enough to force another error from Zapata and the Colombian sees it out for a goal kick.
    • 18' Great challenge by de Jong allows compatriot Emanuelson a chance to burst forward down the right but his through pass in search of Pato is poor.
    • 17' Error by Zapata! Antonelli capitalises with a driven cross which Amelia flaps at - it richochets off Immobile and wide of the post! Let-off there for the hosts.
    • 16' Great skill by Pato to turn past Granqvist and stride forward but he is lucky not to be booked for a pretty blatant dive, knocking the ball past Moretti and going to ground.
    • 15' Genoa attempt a move forward but are slugging in passing the ball around allowing a Milan counter which ends quickly.
    • 13' Unfortunately for the hosts the delivery is not great and fails to get past the first man.
    • 12' Yepes is tripped by Kucka on the left and Milan will send this free-kick into a crowded box.
    • 11' A brief delay as Antonini receives treatment for a knock.
    • 10' Almost a chance for Pato but his first touch lets him down and he is forced away from goal.
    • 9' We also have a live Liga matchcast running at present, with Celta Vigo and Deporitvo La Coruna tied 1-1 at the break at Estadio Balaidos. Celta Vigo v Deportivo: LIVE
    • 8' It was Yepes with the foul initially.
    • 7' Looks like Tozser to take... no out of nowhere comes Jankovic and a wicked drive with a bit of curl to it is well caught by Amelia!
    • 5' Bartolacci is fouled 30 yards from goal and this is good territory for Genoa's free-kick.
    • 4' Jankovic catches Antonini and Milan have a free-kick in the middle of the park.
    • 3' Both Pato and El Shaarawy are unable to get past the Genoa back line as Milan look to stride forward early on.
    • 2' Andrew Edward (@andrewedward442) is in with a prediction: "Yepes to score 1-0" - want to get your thoughts published?
    • 1' The visitors, in white shirts, get the match underway.
    • 19:45 The teams are out on the pitch in Milan and kick-off is coming up next following a minute's silence in memory of an Italian soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan recently.
    • 19:40 Milan currently sit 15th in the table after eight games, two points behind Genoa in 10th. A win will place them as high as eighth (if it is by more than one goal), though sixteen teams are in action tomorrow. The only other Serie A result from today was a 0-0 draw between Siena and Palermo. Results, fixtures and standings
    • 19:35 TEAMS - Milan: Amelia, Zapata, Bonera, Yepes, Abate, De Jong, Montolivo, Antonini, Emanuelson, El Shaarawy, Pato. /// Genoa: Frey, Sampirisi, Bovo, Granqvist, Moretti, Jankovic, Kucka, Tozser, Antonelli, Bertolacci, Immobile.
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE matchcast as AC Milan play host to Genoa at the San Siro in Serie A. Team news to follow but in the meantime follow me on Twitter @liamhappe and send me your predictions for the match.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • AC Milan

    Manager: Massimiliano Allegri

  • Genoa

    Manager: Luigi Del Neri

AC Milan’s last 5 results

Genoa’s last 5 results

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