Ac Milan dream of getting the double domestic this season shattered in the hands of Palermo as the Sicilian team picked up a 2-1 victory at Renzo Barbera, which was more than enough to take Delio Rossi’s team into the final after getting a 2-2 draw in the first meeting.
Goals from Giulio Migliaccio and Cesare Bovo’s penalty only got one reply from substitute, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, right in the end not allowing the Rossoneri getting much chance on forcing the extra time.
Playing with the necessity to take a victory after only getting a draw in the first leg, Milan actually started the half brightly as Robinho should have put the Rossoneri ahead right from the start, but the Brazilian striker blazes his shot off the bar despite already going clean through on goal. After that, several chances goes for both teams but Milan had the better of the two teams as Massimiliano Allegri’s team simply controlling the match with Palermo choosing to play from the counter.
The absence of Ibrahimovic and Boateng in that first half were very visible especially since Alexandro Pato and Robinho were playing under par, especially the first, who didn’t even manage to get into the game at all. Lacking a bit sharpness, a very eager and discipline Palermo team managed to hold their ground until the first half whistle blown ending the half with a stalemate scoreline that obviously suited the Sicilian team more.
In the second half, the home team seemed to chance their tactics a bit as it was obvious that Palermo are looking to score a first goal as they afraid that playing deep would eventually cost them as the game wears off. The home team’s pressure surprised the Rossoneri, who probably expecting that the Sicilian would be content to play just like in the first half. The Taboo of Barbera soon looking evident again for the away team as they suddenly conceded a goal from Migliaccio’s flying header, nodding Josip Illicic’s corner.
The goal stunned Milan, who brought in Ibrahimovic for Clarence Seedorf in hope to get the equalizing goal, however things turned from bad to worse for the Rossoneri as few minutes later they went 2-0 down and also a man short. Bovo scored from the penalty spot after Mark Van Bommel seemingly brought down Illicic, who was free on goal, considering Van Bommel was the last man on the pitch, the red card was inevitable but the was a bit suspicion that Palermo’s attacking midfielder did go down rather easily.
Going 2-0 down, Milan didn’t stop trying and their chances opened again not long after that as Palermo also got their player sent off, Bovo followed Van Bommel’s footsteps after the player put out a dangerous high foot on Pato. Playing with the same amount of numbers, Allegri brought on Antonio Cassano and made the Rossoneri played with four strikers and only three defenders.
Despite of their effort, the luck seemed far from Milan as Ibrahimovic amazingly hit the bar twice in an episode before the Swede finally got his goal late in extra time. Only adding one goal isn’t enough for the Rossoneri as they have to bow out from the competition and once again failing to break their “Renzo Barbera” curse, once again they could actually count themselves unlucky right from the start.
Palermo v Milan 2-1
Goals: Migilaccio 63, Bovo 73 -Pen (Palermo); Ibrahimovic 94(Milan)
Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Goian, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Acquah (Bacinovic 34), Nocerino; Ilicic, Pastore (Munoz 76); Hernandez (Pinilla 83)
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta (Cassano 80), Thiago Silva, Antonini (Bonera 46); Flamini, Van Bommel, Pirlo; Seedorf (Ibrahimovic 65); Robino, Pato
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