RESULTS Serie A Week 2 GENOA 2 - 0 AC MILAN Goals by Sculli and Milito "Milan in the 19th position of the Serie A Standings"

By Anna Italia

                             Genoa 2 - 0 AC Milan   
                               30' Giuseppe Sculli
                              90' Diego Milito (pen)

Substitutes: 53' Mesto out, Marco Rossi  in          45' Shevchenko out, M. Borriello in
                   66' I. Juric out, A. Vanden Borre in    45' Ronaldinho out, C. Seedorf in
                   85' Gasbarroni out, R. Palladino in      69' Flamini out, Pato in

What happened to AC Milan not able to score a goal at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium? There are more questions than actually reporting a match where the merit goes to Genoa for standing up firm not afraid of the "big names" from AC Milan.  Two goals marked the debacle of AC Milan in the 30th minute by Giuseppe Sculli and a penalty in the agonizing 90th minute converted by Diego Milito.

Technically, Milan had everything to win this match, each player in Milan technically superior to each player in Genoa. So, what happened?  Simply put my friends, matches are won in the field by playing as a team and concentrated on the match.  Records and big names are not enough to win a match.  AC Milan who "ironically" has as the main objective to win the 2008 - 2009 Scudetto is in the 19th position with -3 goals difference. OUCH!

Click the video to watch the highlight of the march Serie A Week 2 Genoa 2 - 0 AC Milan

Here is the starting formation by Genoa Coach Gian Piero Gasperini:
Rubinho; Biava, Ferrari, Criscito; Mesto, Milanetto, Juric, Modesto; Sculli; Milito, Gasbarroni.

Here is the starting formation by AC Milan Coach Carlo AncelottiAbbiati; Zambrotta, Bonera, Maldini, Favalli; Flamini, Pirlo, Ambrosini; Ronaldinho; Shevchenko, Kakà.

In the 30th minute, Genoa gaining confidence finds Genoa midfielder Ivan Juric making a super control of the ball sending to forward Diego Milito who made the pass to forward Giuseppe Sculli shooting directly to the bottom corner blasting AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati.

Genoa dominated the rest of the first half while there was no way to see the "connection" between AC Milan forwards Andriy Shevchenko and Ronaldinho.  Unbelievable, but these two super footballers could not make a difference for Milan at all. Ronaldinho, as expected, was tired after playing both matches with Brazil for the 2010 World Cup South Africa Qualifiers and barely arriving on time to Italy to play this match. 

I was practically in disbelief seeing two former FOOTBALLERS OF THE YEAR Sheva and Ronaldinho not able to score a single goal in the first half!   Sheva was lost, Dinho without a clear idea and I was missing the "great Milan Architect and best reader of matches" our beloved midfielder Andrea Pirlo to take over the match as he has been doing in the past. Though, now, seems Ronaldinho taking the lead and I don't like it at all.  The one with the vision --and proven vision -- is Pirlo.


 Sunday, September 14, 2008 SERIE A WEEK 2 GENOA - AC MILAN - AC Milan forward Ronaldinho obviously tired and without "clear" magic movements to convert goal opportunities.

Pirlo is playing but clearly something has been taken away from him which is the full confidence he had before as commanding the midfielder while reading the match.  Time for Ancelotti to realize that no Dinho magic can substitute his winning "PIRLO" card.


 Sunday, September 14, 2008 SERIE A WEEK 2 GENOA - AC MILAN - AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo battling  to keep Milan afloat.

Thanks God for illuminating Ancelotti and on the second half he finally substituted Sheva and Ronaldinho.
There is no doubt these two are great players but today there were not ready to play since the first half.  I think Ancelotti made a mistake on the starting eleven.

In the 46th minute two substitutions for AC Milan
Andriy Shevchenko out, Marco Borriello in
Ronaldinho out, Clarence Seedorf


 Sunday, September 14, 2008 SERIE A WEEK 2 GENOA - AC MILAN - The return of ex Genoa striker Marco Borriello with AC Milan against his old team Genoa where he scored 19 goals last season ending as the third top scorer of the Season.

Guys, here finally we were talking business.  Change was clear.  It was a magic moment for Marco Borriello to be welcomed by his former fans with applause.  It was a well deserved welcome and I am  glad for Borriello.

Speed and clever displayed by Seedorf just makes me wonder why Ancelotti started with "the international players" who were tired and kept the "rested players" as substitutes. It just doesn't make sense.  Ancelotti should have started with fresher players and have maybe 1 of the internationals and keeping Ronaldinho for the second half.


 Sunday, September 14, 2008 SERIE A WEEK 2 GENOA - AC MILAN - AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf giving new light in the second half to a "tired Milan."

In the 53rd minute, Genoa Coach Gasperini makes his first substitution. Mesto is out and Marco Rossi in.

In the 66th minute, Genoa Coach Gasperini makes his second substitution.  I. Juric out, A. Vanden Borre in

In the 69th minute, AC Milan Coach makes his final attempt to grasp the 3 points and substitutes midfielder Mathieu Flamini for the young Brazilian Alexandre Pato.

Amazing action by PATO in the 83rd minute, when he almost equalized the score with a powerful shot and Genoa goalkeeper Rubinho miraculously makes a save.

In the 85th minute, Genoa Coach Gasperini makes his third substitution. Gasbarroni is out and time for ex Juventus forward Raffaelle Palladino. Guys, so nice seeing Gasbarroni leaving the field with a clamorous applause. Gasbarroni was clever for Genoa's victory and he really battled with all his guts against the "almighty" Milan.

Just to make matters worst for Milan towards the end of the match,

Second goal, just the final note of a "dramatic opera" caused by a penalty in the agonizing 90th minute AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini commits a foul on Genoa forward Diego Milito and Referee Rocchi grants the penalty to Genoa.  Milito taking the penalty spot perfectly converted the goal sending Genoa fans in delirium while Milan fans felt it was the "end of the world."  Milan in disgrace...
Genoa 2 - 0 AC MILAN


 Sunday, September 14, 2008 SERIE A WEEK 2 GENOA - AC MILAN - AC Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti wondering whether he is thinking already in the "salvation" instead of "winning" the Scudetto.  This defeat sees AC Milan in the 19th position with -3 goals difference.

Week 2 Italian Serie A Tim 2008 - 2009 / Second  Round Matchday 2

Week 2 Italian Serie A Tim 2008 - 2009 / Second  Round Matchday 2

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Luigi Ferraris Stadium  

Referee: Rocchi di Firenze
Genoa AC Milan
2 Goals 0
16(8) Shots (on Goal) 18(6)
11 Fouls 17
6 Corner Kicks 5
2 Offsides 1
42% Time of Possession 58%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 6

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Luigi Ferraris Stadium  

Referee: Rocchi di Firenze
Fourth Official: Pinzani


Goalkeeper: Rubinho;
Defenders: Biava, Ferrari, Criscito;
Midfielders: Mesto (Rossi 46), Milanetto, Juric (Vanden Borre 66), Modesto;
Forwards: Sculli; Diego Milito, Gasbarroni (Palladino 85)

Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini


Goalkeeper:  Christian Abbiati
Defenders:  Gianluca Zambrotta, Daniele Bonera, Paolo  Maldini, Favalli;
Midfielders: Mathieu Flamini (Pato 68), Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini;
Forwards: Ronaldinho (Clarence Seedorf 46); Andriy Schevchenko (Marco Borriello 46), Kaka

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

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What do you think of the result, who disappointed or surprised you and why?

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