Monday, 8 December 2008

AC Milan vs Catania 1-0


Player Ratings: Milan 1-0 Catania

Abbiati: 6.0- Had very few saves to make and was nearly beaten early when Paolucci hit the post, but he never made any mistakes.

Zambrotta: 8.0- Showed the form he was in during the World Cup. Bombed up and down the flank and was not afraid to go for goal when the opportunity presented itself.

Kaladze: 6.0- A decent showing, but nearly gave away a penalty in the dying minutes and just a few mintues earlier made a weak effort to clear the ball that was nearly pounced on by Catania in the box. Needs to be more attentive.

Maldini: 6.5- The Milan captain was much better than last week against Palermo, using all of his experience to shut down the Etnei's strikers.

Jankulovski: 7.5- Excellent game from the Czech, who, like Zambrotta, was always an option for his teammates.

Gattuso: 6.5- A fiery performance from Gattuso as usual, but his temper got the better of him when he was given a yellow card, meaning he will miss next week's match with rivals Juventus.

Flamini: 6.0- Kept his positioning well, but was not invovled enough in the proceeding until the second half. Still adapting to Serie A, it seems.

Emerson: 5.5- Did well defensively, but you can tell physically he is not the same player he once was. Substituted at the half because of a back injury.

Kaka: 7.5- His header led to the winning goal and he created opportunities for himself and teammates. However, he is capable of more than he showed today, drifting out of the game on occassion.

Pato: 6.5- Still a little raw, but was dangerous with his set pieces. Booked for diving.

Shevchenko: 6.0- Shevchenko was a willing runner and was clearly desperately looking for a goal. However, he is still rusty and was often alcking when it came to the end-product.


Favalli: 6.0, Antonini N/A


Bizzarri: 7.0- Great reaction saves, and nothing he could do on the goal. Would have received a igher rating if he did not throw the ball to straight to Shevchenko in the second half, almost resulting in a goal for Milan.

Sardo: 7.0- A presence on the right flank, taking advantage of Jankulovski's forward runs, but he tired in the second half.

Silvestri: 6.0- Did a decent job marking Pato and Shevchenko.

Terlizzi: 5.0- Some wonder why he is not a certain starter and today showed some glimpses of why that is the case. He struggles to deal with the speed of his opponents.

Stovini: 6.5- The veteran was one of the reasons Catania managed to hold out for so long under the pressure of Milan. Unlucky deflection for the own goal.

Sabato: 6.0- He was nullified by Zambrotta for a majority of the match and struggled to make an impact.

Biagianti: 5.5- Over-run by the Milan midfield.

Ledesma: 6.5- Was not given much space, but managed to ignite the attack on a few occassions by getting the ball quickly up the field.

Carboni: 5.5- Similar to Biagianti, he needed to be more assertive, but these were difficult circumstances.

Mascara: 7.0- Hit the post early in the match and tried to help out his midfielders by dropping deep.

Paolucci: 6.0- Was dealt with by Maldini and Kalaze relatively easily, but did not receive much service to be honest.


Tedesco: 5.5, Plasmati: 6.0, Martinez: N/A

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