Siena 1-5 Milan: Super Pippo & The Duck Make Milan… Rock (Serie A Matchday 28)

AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo (C) celebrates with his teammates Filippo Inzaghi (L), Pato (2nd L), David Beckham and Paolo Maldini (R) after scoring a penalty against Siena during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Siena March 15, 2009.  (REUTERS)

Yes, I didn’t look for that rhyme very far… sue me for lack of imagination. I stand by it: it’s an appropriate title, and something a bit more original than phrases including “Super Pippo” and “300″.

Milan‘s visit to Siena Sunday was really a one-way encounter for the Rossoneri, who saw the welcome returns of Kakà and Ronaldinho from injury as well as the confirmation that maybe, just maybe (and for one last season), old & new can blend together in this team. On the one hand we have Inzaghi, who followed last week’s Atalanta hat-trick with a brace today, just to confirm that even as a 35 year-old he’s lost nothing of his goalscoring cunning. On the other hand we have Pato, whom Inzaghi has apparently taught well and who quite happily seems be carrying the scoring torch at Milan. With his two goals today (one more spectacular than the other) the “Duck” rises to 14 goals in this Serie A season, just five behind capocannoniere Marco Di Vaio.

Oh, and for those still confused about my “Super Pippo” and “300″ reference: no, this isn’t another Zack Snyder movie. Simply, Serie A goalscorer extraordinaire Filippo Inzaghi just bagged his 300th professional career goal Sunday. Say what want about Inzaghi (he’s always offside, he dives, etc.) but… Mazel Tov! Few people can make that claim about their football career.

Serie A 2008-09 - Siena vs. Milan

Serie A 2008-09 - Day 28 - Siena 1-5 Milan

Tactically, there was no Galloppa or Jarolim (both injured) for manager Marco Giampaolo, who also preferred to field Emanuele Calaiò in lieu of Nicola Amoruso in Siena’s attacking formation. On the other end, Ancelotti sat alongside Kaká and Ronaldinho on the Milan bench, re-proposing David Beckham as central playmaker behind Pato-Inzaghi, hoping the English midfielder’s inspiration would be as efficient as last week’s against Atalanta.

It didn’t take very long to see the first goal in this match. Siena knew they were facing a team who capitalized on ball possession, and thus tried to apply as much pressure onto the midfield line as possible. Things however immediately took a bad turn for the home team, when Kharja naively fouled Flamini inside the box and prompted referee Nicola Ayroldi to point to the spot. Andrea Pirlo easily converted the spot-kick, putting his team into the lead: 1-0 Milan with just 7 minutes on the clock.

AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo (R) celebrates with his captain Paolo Maldini after scoring a penalty against Siena during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Siena March 15, 2009. (REUTERS)

Siena attempted to mount somewhat of a reaction, hoping to capitalize perhaps on a Dida mistake between the posts (the Brazilian keeper had to come on in minute 12 for the injured Abbiati, who will likely miss out the rest of the season with torn knee ligaments), but with little efficiency. Calaiò and Maccarone tried to do as best they could with what little passes they got, but the first 45 minutes got by rather unproductively, that is until Filippo Inzaghi made his presence known on the field by capitalizing on David Beckham corner-kick from the left. 2-0 Milan.

With a two-goal advantage in the second half, Ancelotti decided to risk putting Kaká in for Ambrosini, marking the Brazilian midfielder’s long-awaited return. Well Rossoneri supporters can be reassured on his state of form: Kaká’s still not stellar like we know he can be, but he’s on the rise. Before being forced to leave the field again (slight knock to the foot, nothing serious) young Ricky was witness to a variety of events, the most notable of which (as far as he was concerned) an incredible miss from 12 yards after a good set-up by Flamini. But let’s proceed in order.

Siena's Paul Costantin Codrea (R) challenges AC Milan's Kaka during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Siena March 15, 2009. (REUTERS)

First in minute 55, Pato converged to the center and slammed a fantastic 30-yard effort into the top corner where Curci could not reach. 3-0 Milan. 10 minutes later Maccarone finally got his team on the scoreboard, with an accurate diagonal effort from outside the box (3-1), but it was slim pickings compared to the historical milestone achieved by Inzaghi just moments later. Receiving from Pirlo on the edge of the box, Super Pippo armed his effort on the first post and put his mark on his 300th career goal. Congratulations were in order, as the stadium admired Pippo’s special “300″ shirt prepared for the occasion. 4-1 Milan.

The feast wasn’t entirely complete for Milan. Receiving yet another pass from Pirlo, Pato eluded the outgoing rush of Curci and beat the Siena keeper for the fifth time. 5-1 Milan and the Rossoneri supporter jubilant. And not just for their team’s generous scoreline…

AC Milan's Filippo Inzaghi celebrates after scoring against Siena during their Italian Serie A soccer match in Siena March 15, 2009.  (REUTERS)


AC Siena
[Match Highlights]
 AC Milan
GOALSCORERS: 7’ pen. Pirlo (M), 45’, 71’ F.Inzaghi (M), 55’, 78’ Pato (M), 62’ Maccarone (S).
SIENA (4-3-1-2): Curci – Zuniga, Portanova, Brandao (49’ Ficagna), Del Grosso – Barusso (56’ Ghezzal), Codrea, Vergassola – Kharja – Maccarone, Calaiò (70’ N.Amoruso) (bench: Eleftheropoulos, A.Rossi, Coppola, Frick). Coach: Giampaolo.
MILAN (4-3-1-2): Abbiati (12′ Dida) – Zambrotta, Maldini, Favalli, Jankulovski – Flamini, Pirlo, Ambrosini (46’ Kakà, 71’ Ronaldinho) – Beckham – Pato, F.Inzaghi (bench: Senderos, Antonini, Emerson, Shevchenko). Coach: Ancelotti.


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  • One Response to “Siena 1-5 Milan: Super Pippo & The Duck Make Milan… Rock (Serie A Matchday 28)”

    1. indra dwi says:

      cmon super pippo n Pato give ac milan a lot of goals in order to be champions serie a …..forza milan milan champione….100 gols super pippo …and make a more gol