AC Milan-Genoa: Beckham Delivers and Ancelotti Does Not

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IJanuary 28, 2009

Milan went into today's game vs. Genoa hoping to continue with the pressure they had managed to put on Inter in the last few weeks.

When they went one nil up courtesy of a screaming free kick from David Beckham it began to look highly likely that they would.

Andrea Pirlo also stepped up to show he was a dead ball specialist and was extremely unlucky not to hit the back of the net, as it was he was fractionally out and that fraction cost the goal as the ball thumped into the woodwork.

Football is sometimes a game of fractions and Ronaldinho was also denied by the smallest amount from a free kick very similar to Beckham's that whistled past the upright.

Halftime and it was the Milan side in the lead.

Genoa were obviously buoyed by the half time team talk and came out in the second half with much more belief in their ability.

Diego Milito going close with a well taken header, along with other moments of pressure from the visitors.

Late in the match though, the 87th minute in fact, Milito was there again getting on the end of a flicked on cross to thump Genoa back amongst the points for the tie.

While Genoa had looked threatening before this it was in fact a serious lapse in concentration from Zambrotta that allowed Milito to steal in at the back post and snatch a point that Genoa were overjoyed with gaining.

The former Barcelona man really letting his team down, in the post match analysis it will not look good for him at all.

Though upon feflection it is seen that Favalli was also to blame for not holding with his defensive line as they pushed forward slightly.

The real culprit here seems to be none other than Carlo Ancelotti, who has a world class backline who can't seem to defend. What do they do at training we may wonder?

Milito proving again that he has the goods with his 14th goal of the season.

In truth Milan had gone seriously off the boil in the second spell and really let their opponents back into the match in a big way.

For all that is said about Mourinho it is not often that he lets his side squander a one nil advantage.

In fact though depleted by a sending off they have again shown that they are going to be very difficult to dislodge at the top and have restored themselves to a six point advantage after Juventus were also found wanting.

Inter were away at Catania managed to win 2-0 despite losing the services of Muntari thanks to his sending off in the first half.

Back to Beckham though, who is making a very good case for his becoming a permanent part of the red and black San Siro outfit.

He has proved his doubters wrong with another key contribution to the Milan cause.

From an extremely testing angle he managed to hit a free kick that any dead ball specialist would have been proud of.

Inch perfect and hit at tremendous velocity, the former England captain has shown that he is a master of the free kick and that any team playing against him needs to make sure they do not give away any fouls around the box.

A poor result for Milan but in the end they were lucky to escape with a point such was the sloppiness of their second half performance, if they needed a wake up call, they have it now and Inter and Mourinho will allow themselves a gleeful chuckle at the expense of their great rivals.