Serie A Big Wednesday: Fiorentina-AC Milan Player Ratings
Fiorentina-AC Milan 1-2 (13' Gilardino; 80' Huntelaar; 92' Pato)
AC Milan eventually came away with an important win at the Artemio Franchi, after a hard, close match against Fiorentina.
The Viola dominated the first half and found the net with Gilardino at minute 13. Milan had a strong reaction in the second half, and scored the deserved equalizer through Huntelaar.
Fiorentina had several chances to retake the lead, but Milan keeper Abbiati made some amazing saves and referee Rosetti denied an apparently clear penalty when Thiago Silva pulled down Montolivo in the final minutes.
Just when the Rossoneri were feeling lucky to bring home a draw, the Fiorentina defence failed to clear a cross from Ronaldinho, and Pato hammered in the winner just seconds before the final whistle.
Frey 6: Huntelaar beat him on his post but it was from very short distance, while Pato's shot went between Frey's legs. Unlucky.
De Silvestri 6.5: The pacy right back did well marking Ronaldinho, also making some dangerous forward runs in the second half.
Natali 7: Convincing display from the towering defender, heading away a number of long balls and making several crucial clearances. Not too bad for a guy who started the season as the fourth choice centre back. Unlucky to pick up an injury at the end of the first half. 46' Gobbi 5: In at left back, he severely struggled against Pato for the whole second half and eventually failed to close down the Brazilian as he scored the winner.
Krøldrup 6.5: The Dane played with concentration and shut down Borriello, forming a solid partnership with Natali in the first half and having a good game overall.
Felipe 6 +: Spent the first half at left back, and did an excellent job against Pato. Switched to centre back in the second half due to Natali's injury, and seemed to struggle a bit against Milan's attacking efforts.
Montolivo 8: The newly appointed captain was simply the best player of the match, displaying a true Maestro performance in the heart of midfield. The through ball that led to Gilardino's goal was pure inspiration.
Donadel 5.5: Simple passing and clever covering from the tireless midfielder. A decent performance until he missed a crucial clearance that led to Huntelaar's equalizer.
Vargas 7: Was supposed to start in a more central position, but el Loco made his way to his beloved left wing anytime he could. His crossing was less accurate than usual, but his long distance efforts were a constant threat for Abbiati.
Marchionni 6: Average game from the right winger. Wasn't able to create many chances on the right flank, but gave some much needed help to midfield and defence when Milan pushed forward.
Jovetic 6.5: He tried to create chances playing between the lines, played some good balls but lost many as well. Managed a lucky assist for Gilardino's opener. 60' Zanetti
Gilardino 7: Gila is back. Typical finish from Alberto, with a real poacher effort. 62' Keirrison: Got really close to his first ever goal for Fiorentina, but Abbiati came up with a miracle save on K39's close range shot.
AC MILAN (4-3-3)
Abbiati 8: Sensational saves on Montolivo, Vargas, and Keirrison. AC Milan may have finally found a proper keeper.
Abate 5.5: Struggled against Vargas, and was unable to create any kind of chances from the right flank.
Nesta 7: Usual commanding display from the veteran centre back. Still the best Italian defender, hopefully he will come out of his international retirement to lead Italy's defence at the World Cup.
Thiago Silva 7: A good solid game for the Brazilian international, making some important interceptions and showing strength in the air.
Bonera 5.5: This right-footed centre back looked quite awkward playing as an attacking left back. He did well defending against tricky winger Marchionni, but was totally ineffective when attacking. 64' Jankulovski
Gattuso 5: "Once were warriors". Now he's just a poor midfielder. Sad but true. 76' Huntelaar: Scored a goal on the very first ball he touched.
Pirlo 6: Didn't have the best of his games, but worked hard in the midfield and fired a couple of his trademark long passes.
Ambrosini: Picked up an injury after a few minutes, tried to play over it but was subbed during the first half. 31' Flamini 6.5: brought his fresh legs and tough tackling to a weak Milan midfield, and even got close to scoring with a powerful long distance effort.
Pato 7: Looked isolated on the right wing during the first half, and was well guarded by Felipe. Was simply unplayable in the second half, constantly beating Gobbi and eventually scoring the dramatic injury time winner.
Borriello 5.5: A difficult match for the glamorous striker. Mainly worked as a target man, trying to hold up ball and flick long balls, but failed to create real chances for himself or his teammates.
Ronaldinho 6.5: A typical Dinho performance. He played a dreadful match for nearly 90 minutes, virtually losing every single ball he touched. Then assisted Huntelaar's goal with a lovely through ball, and set up Pato's dramatic winner with a smooth cross from the left wing.
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