Monday, September 19, 2005

[acmilaniacs] Digest Number 227

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1. Sampdoria 2 - 1 Milan
From: Sarah Fletcher <sarahrocksdk@yahoo.dk>

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Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 19:22:53 +0200 (CEST)
From: Sarah Fletcher <sarahrocksdk@yahoo.dk>
Subject: Sampdoria 2 - 1 Milan

Serie A Week 3 - 18/9/05 (14.00 UK)

Sampdoria 2 - 1 MilanGilardino 18 (M), Bonazzoli 38 (S), Tonetto 58 (S)Stadio Luigi Ferraris
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Alberto Gilardino broke his Milan duck, but Sampdoria doomed them to their first official defeat of the season.

The Rossoneri were in confident form stepping into Marassi, as they had won their last two games by a 3-1 scoreline in Serie A and Europe, while the club hadn't lost here since 1996, earning three wins and a draw. Sampdoria were also tested on the continent midweek and drew 1-1 away to Vitoria Setubal, but surprisingly left Francesco Flachi on the bench in favour of Lamberto Zauli.

This was an historic moment for Paolo Maldini, as not only did he make his 800th official appearance for Milan, but he also matched Dino Zoff's all-time record of 570 Serie A games.

Zauli's promising counter-attack and a Kaka slalom were cut short by fouls, but Milan took the lead after 18 minutes with a splendid goal. Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko combined with the Ukrainian's backheel for Alberto Gilardino to stroke home his first official goal in a Rossoneri jersey.

The Blucerchiati fought back and Zauli's volley from the edge of the box was well caught by Dida, but Gilardino wasted the opportunity to grab his second of the match by turning Shevchenko's cutback over the bar under pressure from Marcello Castellini.

Shevchenko then turned Gennaro Gattuso's cross inches wide as Milan cranked up the pressure in the first half.

However, Sampdoria equalised against the run of play with summer signing Emiliano Bonazzoli. Castellini had turned Sergio Volpi's free kick on to the bar and Bonazzoli was quick to fire home the loose ball. This is yet another goal Milan have conceded from a set-piece and it's something Coach Carlo Ancelotti will need to work on.

After the break, Gilardino nodded a free kick wide of the target and Francesco Antonioli punched out a Pirlo set-piece.

Milan had the possession, but Sampdoria took a surprise lead on the hour mark with Max Tonetto. The winger gathered Aimo Diana's pass and unleashed a left-foot missile from outside the box that beat Dida.

Former Milan goalkeeper Antonioli kept his side in the lead with desperate saves on Shevchenko first and Gilardino's volley soon after.

Samp held on under siege, with Marcos Cafu drilling wide and a free kick from substitute Christian Vieri beaten away.

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Sampdoria: Antonioli; Zenoni, Castellini, Pavan, Pisano; Diana, Volpi, Dalla Bona, Tonetto (Palombo 70); Zauli (Flachi 58), Bonazzoli (Kutuzov 78)

Milan: Dida; Cafu (Vieri 79), Stam, Maldini, Kaladze; Gattuso (Serginho 62), Pirlo (Ambrosini 73), Seedorf, Kakà; Shevchenko, Gilardino

Ref: Bertini

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*Forza Milan!!!*

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