AC Milan came into Sunday's match against Fiorentina as the hottest team in the Serie A, having not lost a game since play resumed after the winter break. The Viola, for their part, came into the match carrying the best home record in Italy this season.
It was an important match with regards to the standings, with Milan looking to close in on second going into next week's showdown against Napoli, while Fiorentina was looking to make a late close on the Champions League qualification spots.
For a match that was so important, it's unfortunate that the man we're going to be talking about more than anyone else in this match was the referee, Paolo Tagliavento.
The veteran ref sent Nenad Tomic off for what seemed like nothing on replays, sending Fiorentina's players into a fury and prompting a quite frankly inexcusable display when five or six Viola players surrounded the official in protest. Milan had reason to be upset with the arbiter as well after he gave Fiorentina a pair of penalties while ignoring two pleas of their own.
But what of the players? Let's take a look at how the 14 men who saw action for the Rossoneri did in Sunday's crunch game.