Serie A: Genoa 0-2 AC Milan
08 March 2013
Comunale Luigi Ferraris
Referee: Antonio Damato
Genoa XI: Frey; Granqvist, Portanova, Moretti; Cassani, Bovo, Tozser, Vargas, Antonelli; Bertolacci; Borriello
Milan XI: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Flamini, Montolivo, Muntari; Niang, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Ten-man AC Milan held on to defeat Genoa 2-0 on Friday and will now turn their attention to the Champions League and Tuesday’s Round of 16 second leg away to Barcelona.
The Rossoneri started the match well and were ahead after 22 minutes when, following some good work down the right by Mattia De Sciglio and M’Baye Niang, the ball fell to Giampaolo Pazzini, who converted his effort with aplomb from 16 yards.
But it was the striker’s final act of the night, and he was subsequently removed due to a leg injury suffered moments before the goal. Mario Balotelli replaced him and wound up getting Milan’s second on the hour mark.
It was a pure finisher’s goal. Christian Zapata did superbly well to play the ball in behind the Genoa defense to the Italy international, who required only a single touch to beat Sebastian Frey, who was otherwise excellent on the night.
Things boiled over in the 64th minute when Cesare Bovo kicked Milan left-back Kevin Constant in the back of the leg, prompting a furious reaction from the Guinea international that culminated in his ejection.
But Milan were rarely troubled despite the numerical disadvantage and mostly kept Genoa to the outskirts over the final 26 minutes.