Friday, April 9, 2010

still chasing

Davide Astori

Cagliari 2 AC Milan 3

It's a bit hard to update games as soon as they are played because I don't have net at home. Soon though, things should be back to normal. However, by the time you read this, Cagliari would have sent their coach Allegri packing. A shocking decision, I think. We could not have won this game if not for Astori, who revealed his love for the club by scoring an own goal.

Borriello opened the scoring by mocking the defense with a simple turn. Milan could have gone 2-0 up but Antonini failed to convert. Our defense without Nesta simply comprises of 4 blind men who constantly run into each other. That is what happened on the equalizer. Huntelaar some two minutes later scores a blinder, not the kind of goal you would associate with a misfiring hitman. Borriello should have made it two for himself when he combined with Ronaldinho, and the Brazilian's pass was volleyed over. Quite obviously, the miss came back to haunt us as Pirlo characteristically lost the ball in midfield causing our static defense to forgo another goal.This time it was another youth product, namely Matri who was drawing the applause reminding Galliani of another poor piece of business. We were gifted our third. Marchetti knocking Abate's cross onto Astori who turned it into the goal. After the restart, Ragatzu's effort skimmed the crossbar. Favalli was going around in circles as he embarrassingly tried to defend against the young striker in Ragatzu. It was all Cagliari in the closing stages as we tried to grind out the half. Dida had to produce a spectacular double save on Larrivey to keep Milan in the lead. The final whistle was sounded bringing relief to the away side.

Cagliari have been going through a blue patch in form, there is no denying that. Yet, we had to play our guts out to win this game. Complaining I am not, all I care about it is the result. Whether you win by a metre or a mile, winning is winning. But maybe that doesn't apply, if you are AC Milan.

Cagliari - Ragatzu 17', Matri 32'
Milan - Borriello 7', Huntelaar 19', Astori (o.g) 37'

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