Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Milan Beaten By Club America 2-1

Milan takes a bad trend as the team lost out on their third friendly game this summer against CF America in Atlanta, USA. I'll rossoneri which is involved in this year's World Club Football Challenge in the states, fail to register a win in their first game as the Mexican club, takes them down in an pretty interesting and rough game.

The first half, was started in a nice tempo, with the Mexican has more of the attacking intentions despite not making many clear cut chances except for one shoot from Cabanas that was easily pick up by the goal keeper. Nevertheless, Club America managed to test out Milan's defense that stud out pretty well with Allesandro Nesta seems set for this season. Despite not making lots of shots on goal, Milan had the better chances from the two in the first half with Antonini's shot which ballooned over after his nice run spotted by Ronaldinho, another best chance for the I'll Diavollo Rosso comes from Dinho's free kick which hits the bar.

The second half, Milan actually played much better, they created more chances and manage to create some openings. However, their defense without Nesta, who was replaced by Onyewu right at the start of the half, remains a questions as they conceded two cheap goals, that comes from their own making. America took the lead through esqueda who somehow manage to escape Milan's defender attention, in this part Onyewu, as he slot in an easy goal in the 55 minute. However Milan strikes back with a lovely taken goal by Inzaghi from an impressive assist by Mathieu Flamini, providing an Pirlo like ball to the 35 years old goal poacher, who finished with a flourished.

As the game seems heading to a penalty shoot out, once again Milan's defense reveals it's prone through crosses, from the same left area of Milan's field a decent cross was headed by marquez who out jumped Zambrotta to put the ball, in the corner pass Storari who can't do anything about it. Milan tried to react after the goal, as they missed out on few chances notably young Gianmarco Zigoni's shot in the penalty area that was unfortunately wide, the 18 year's old seems to be having a bad day as earlier he also missed a great opportunity as his header hit the upright. One last try comes from Italian u-21 starlet Ignazio Abate who saw his shoot fist away by the CF America's keeper.

Milan would need to fix more of their performance as they will be facing more difficult opponents in the next couple of days, starting from Chelsea on Friday (local time) and Inter on Sunday. However, Milan might be able to field in a better squad with Pato, Pirlo, Borriello, Ambrosini and Thiago Silva, who were absent in today's match, could return to the squad.



written by Dewa Nugraha

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