Sunday, 30 November 2008

Palermo vs Milan 3-1 Players Rating

Player Ratings: Palermo 3-1 Milan


Amelia – 8.0: A dominant performance by the Italian international keeper tonight, as he made a countless number of crucial saves throughout the contest. Highlights included a world class save against Pato after 17 minutes, and the penalty save on Ronaldinho ten minutes later.

Balzaretti – 6.5: Worked hard at both ends of the park, but didn’t set the world on fire tonight. He did assist the Simplicio goal however, following a great ball in from the left after 80 minutes.

Bovo – 6.0: The centre-back was a little clumsy tonight, as he picked up yellow card following a poor effort to halt the run of Inzaghi on 48 minutes. He also made an inept challenge on Ronaldinho after 79 minutes, which resulted in Milan’s second penalty of the contest.

Carrozzieri – 7.0: Despite being booked on 77 minutes, he was an extremely influential player this evening. Was great at the back, as he nullified the impact of the Milan forwards, Inzaghi in particular, and he also did well to get forward on a number of occasions.

Cassani – 7.5: The right-back was one of the most consistent performers over the course of the 90 minutes. He was undoubtedly the best player in the first 20 minutes, and he provided support at both ends of the park, putting in some great challenges at the back, and sending in some great balls in attack.

Liverani – 7.0: A general in the midfield this evening, as he was central to a number of his side’s attacking plays. His wonderful chip proved on 59 minutes in to the area led to the second goal, scored by Cavani.

Nocerino – 6.5: Had a shaky start tonight, as he almost gifted Pato a goal after 17 minutes, when his poor touch was swooped on by the Brazilian; however he worked his way into the match, to become an important player in the latter stages.

Bresciano – 6.0: A relatively quiet performance from the Australian international this evening, although he didn’t really put a foot wrong all night.

Simplicio – 7.0: Very clever performance from this player tonight, and he was rewarded with a goal on 80 minutes, following a great ball in Balzaretti.

Cavani – 7.5: The powerful striker provided good support to Miccoli all night, and he too was rewarded with a goal, his side’s second after 59 minutes, when he headed home a Liverani chip.

Miccoli – 9.0: A simply stunning display by Miccoli. Was absolutely dominant for the entire match tonight, and was unlucky not to have scored on more than one occasion. Perhaps a recall to Marcello Lippi’s Italian squad could be on the cards for the Palermo hitman.

Subs: Kjaer N/A, Succi N/A


Abbiati – 8.5: Undoubtedly his side’s best player on the night, as he made save after save to keep his side in the contest in the first half. He wasn’t really at fault for any of the goals, and can hold his head up high after a phenomenal individual performance.

Zambrotta – 5.5: He worked hard at both ends of the park; however he let Miccoli skip past him too easily for the first goal. Had a great effort to make it 3-2 in the 86th minute, only to be denied by Amelia.

Maldini – 4.5: The Milan icon had an absolute nightmare tonight, as he was troubled by Cavani and Miccoli for the majority of the match.

Bonera – 4.5:
Similar to his partner at the back, he struggled to get the better of the Palermo attacking duo, and suffered greatly as a result.

Jankulovski – 5.0: He evidently gave his all, but he faded out of the contest as the match wore on. Poor marking on his behalf, to allow Simplicio to head home the third goal for Palermo.

Flamini – 5.0: Very quiet performance by the former Arsenal man tonight. He didn’t do much wrong, but also not anything worth noting, and was substituted after 56 minutes as a result.

Pirlo – 5.5: The midfielder took his time to get into the contest. He did go close to scoring on a few occasions, including a 65th minute free kick that forced Amelia into making a great save.

Ambrosini – 5.5: Worked hard in the midfield, but he failed to have the impact he would have hoped for. He was substituted after 56 minutes for Shevchenko.

Seedorf – 6.5: Looked confident and menacing when in possession of the ball, and tested his luck from long range more often than once.

Ronaldinho – 6.5: An inconsistent performance by the Brazilian. Brilliant at times, very poor at others. He scored the only goal for his side from the spot after 83 minutes, but also missed from the spot in the first.

Pato – 6.0: The young Brazilian started brightly, and he had a huge opportunity to score on 17 minutes, but was denied by Amelia. He also managed to win the first penalty for his side, before being forced to withdraw due to injury after 29 minutes.

Subs: Inzaghi 5.0, Shevchenko 5.5, Emerson 5.5

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