Monday, April 6, 2009

Player Ratings: Milan 2-0 Lecce (

Dida – 7.0: The Brazilian keeper didn’t have all that much to do throughout this match; however he dealt with everything that was asked of him, and managed to record a clean sheet in the process.

Zambrotta – 8.0: The Italian international was dominant on the right flank all match, especially in attack, as he sent in a countless number of balls into the area on a consistent basis.

Maldini – 6.5: The captain of the Rossoneri was forced from the field with injury after just 40 minutes of play, and prior to that taking place, he did everything that was required of him.

Favalli – 7.0: The veteran defender was fairly solid defensively, and despite a shaky start, in which he allowed Tiribocchi to get in behind him and threaten Dida in goal on two occasions, Favalli got better as the match wore on.

Jankulovski – 7.5: Similar to Zambrotta, the Czech international was up and down the left flank all match, providing great services to his attacking team-mates up front.

Flamini – 7.5: The Frenchman was very impressive at times tonight. He did well to get himself into shooting positions on a number of occasions, and he was unfortunate not to see at least one of his efforts beat Benussi.

Pirlo – 8.0: Continued the impressive form he showed in Italy’s two recent world cup qualifiers, as his passing and creativity was very good once again tonight. His ball into the area is what resulted in the opening goal to Ronaldinho on 91 minutes.

Seedorf – 5.5: The under fire Dutchman will come under further scrutiny after tonight’s performance, as his impact was minimal yet again, leading to him being replaced just eight minutes into the second half by Ronaldinho.

Kaka – 7.0: Made a welcomed return to the starting XI, and despite taking some time to impose himself in the match, he got better as it wore on; especially following the inclusion of Ronaldinho in the second half.

Pato – 8.5: Without doubt the most dominant player on the pitch tonight. He gave the Lecce back four an extremely tough time every time he was in possession of the ball. He had a number of opportunities to break the deadlock throughout, including a glorious effort on 34 minutes that had Benussi beaten, an incredible solo effort on 44 minutes that deserved more, and a header on 59 minutes from a Zambrotta cross.

Inzaghi – 7.5: Worked as hard as always tonight, after earning yet another start in Rossoneri colours. He managed to score the second goal on 93 minutes, with a header from a Shevchenko cross.

Subs: Senderos 7.5, Ronaldinho 8.0, Shevchenko 7.0