Monday, October 03, 2005

[acmilaniacs] Digest Number 231

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

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Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 12:09:50 +0200 (CEST)
From: Sarah Fletcher <sarahrocksdk@yahoo.dk>
Subject: Milan 2-1 Reggina

Serie A Week 6 - 2/10/05 (14.00 UK)

Milan 2 - 1 RegginaMaldini 5, 20 (M), Cavalli 94 (R)Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
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Paolo Maldini may be the most experienced player in Serie A history, but his remarkable brace earned a relatively comfortable win over Reggina.

The Rossoneri threw away a lead twice in Gelsenkirchen to draw 2-2 with Schalke 04 midweek and needed to prove they had solved last season's issues.

However, not only did they welcome a Reggina side buoyed by their first League win, they also had to contend with a heavy thunderstorm over the San Siro which made the pitch very difficult to play on. Carlo Ancelotti's men had already struggled to a 1-1 draw under similar conditions in Ascoli in Week 1, so it was not a reassuring start.

Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, Marcos Cafu and Alberto Gilardino were rested, while the Milan fans staged a protest against the new security laws in stadiums by leaving the 'curva' empty.

Paolo Maldini became the most experienced player in Serie A history last week and proved he's more than just a great defender. The 37-year-old nutmegged an opponent before placing an angled drive into the far corner of the net with a wonderful individual effort. It was his first Serie A goal since 2002-03.

Andriy Shevchenko nearly made it 2-0 moments later with a fierce strike that skimmed the upright. The home side was desperate to ensure the points were safe and aimed a series of efforts at the goal with Christian Vieri, Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso's deflected attempt.

Astonishingly, it was Maldini who doubled their lead with his second of the game! A Manuel Rui Costa corner kick came out to the unmarked captain for a powerful header under the crossbar. He had never scored a brace in his career.

There were penalty appeals for Giandomenico Mesto's challenge on Seedorf after he had run on to Rui Costa's chipped pass.

Vieri ran on to Rui Costa's through ball only to fire wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. Milan were dominating the first half and a lot of that was down to the performance of ex-PSV midfielder Johann Vogel, here filling in for Pirlo.

Reggina could've pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when a Modesto cross reached Simone Cavalli at the back post, but he somehow managed to nod off target from less than six yards.

Shevchenko's wayward volley on a Gattuso assist was wide and Vieri's looping cross-shot was fingertipped out of the top corner by an alert Pavarini.

Vieri was disappointing and his first touch let him down with only the goalkeeper to beat. Reggina had a goal correctly disallowed for Cavalli's offside position and Francesco Cozza's late shot swerved just past the post.

Of all the Milan players, perhaps Rui Costa deserved a goal for a series of assists he sprayed around the field. In the final minutes his delightful lob slammed the top of the crossbar with Pavarini beaten.

Milan's many missed chances left the game relatively open and Reggina pulled one back with Cavalli's half-volley in the last seconds of stoppages.

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Milan: Dida; Stam, Nesta, Maldini, Serginho; Gattuso, Vogel, Seedorf; Rui Costa; Shevchenko (Kaka 74), Vieri

Reggina: Pavarini; Carobbio (Missiroli 81), De Rosa, Franceschini, Lanzaro (A Lucarelli 81); Mesto, Paredes (Cavalli 12), Tedesco, Modesto; Vigiani; Cozza

Ref: Rizzoli

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*Forza Milan!!!*

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