Ac Milan’s luck in Audi Cup didn’t improve as after finishing fourth in 2009, this year, the same result was achieved by the Rossoneri after Massimiliano Allegri’s team failed again from the penalty spot against Internacional Porto Alegre from Brazil.
Despite playing much better compared to the first game against Bayern Munich, Milan’s low fitness rate seems to affect their focus as they failed to seal the game, allowing their opponent coming back twice.
Playing with their magnificent trio of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, Milan started the game with another bright goal from Ibrahimovic’s exquisite back heel, connecting a pass from Robinho. Dominating the possession, the Rossoneri caught napping at the back as the concede a goal 20 minutes after taking the lead as Leandro Damiao converted Gilberto’s cross and make the score-line tight at 1-1.
Finishing the first period in a draw, Milan started the second period in a much more attacking sense and create several good goal scoring chances that were terribly missed especially one golden chance by Pato, who somehow put his shot straight to the bar despite having all of the space in the world to place his shot. However, not long after missing the glorious chance, the Brazilian young striker made it up by scoring an easy tap in converting a fine one-two passing move from Robinho and Ibrahimovic just in front of the penalty area.
Just as when the Rossoneri seems destined to win the game with their domination and chances created, another lapse in defense allowed the Brazilian side equalize once again as substitute, Andres D’Alessandro, capitalizing on Mario Yepes’ mistake to beat Flavio Roma on Milan’s goal. The Red and Black squad’s wastefulness in front of the goal once again caused the three point for them as the match ended in another draw, resulting in another penalty shoot-out to decide the final result.
In the shoot out against Internacional, Milan players were very disappointing as all of their executors failed to convert, while the Brazilian side managed to make two spot kicks counted. The results puts the Rossoneri once again finishing last in the competition just like in 2009, a bit disappointing maybe for the fans but it’s not really something that essential for the Scudetto champion’s preparation for the upcoming Italian Super Cup.
Internacional 2-2 Milan
Goals: Leandro Damião 23 (Internacional), D’Alessandro 80 (Internacional); Ibrahimovic 3(Milan), Pato 60(Milan)
Internacional: Renan; Glaydson, Bolívar, Dalton, Fabrício (Kleber 86); Wilson Matias, Élton (Nei 67), Zé Mário, João Paulo; Gilberto (Roggia 30), Leandro Damião (D’Alessandro 67)
Milan: Abbiati (Roma 46); Zambrotta (Oddo 78), Thiago Silva, Yepes, Antonini; Gattuso (Valoti 66), Ambrosini (Emanuelson 78), Seedorf; Robinho (Boateng 66); Pato, Ibrahimovic (Cassano 66)
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