SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 15 - 30 Nov 2012 (19.45 UK)
Catania 1 - 3 Milan
Legrottaglie 11 (C); El Shaarawy 53, 92 (M), Boateng 56 (M)
Stadio Angelo Massimino

Two from Stephan El Shaarawy and one from Kevin-Prince Boateng gave Milan a come-from-behind 3-1 win against Catania.

Massimiliano Allegri made just one change from the side that beat Juventus last weekend, as they travelled to Sicily looking to gain the three points that would move them into seventh place.

The Rossoneri brought Francesco Acerbi in for Mario Yepes at centre-back, but it was Kevin-Prince Boateng who almost opened the scoring inside six minutes – a long-range effort from the Ghana international forced Mariano Andujar into a smart save.

That early pressure though, counted for little as the Elefanti went ahead on 11 minutes. A corner from Francesco Lodi found Nicola Legrottaglie, who forced a free header home.

The away side maintained their dominance of possession, but just couldn't create any clear goalscoring opportunities.

And they almost paid for that on the stroke of half time, as Lodi's free kick was tipped away by Marco Amelia.

After the break however, the Rolando Maran’s side were left to regret those missed chances as they were reduced to 10-men – Pablo Barrientos was given a second yellow card for a foolish kick on Antonio Nocerino – and then El Shaarawy bagged an equaliser with a strike into the roof of the net.

Just three minutes later, and Milan had completed the turn around. Boateng hit a sensational shot from outside the area, which curled into the bottom right-hand corner.

The Diavolo maintained their pressure and continued to push for a third, but Robinho missed a clear open goal with 10 minutes remaining.

It didn't look to be forthcoming as Boateng was given a straight red card in the last minute, but just before the final whistle, El Shaarawy again popped up with a wonderful curler in off the far post to make it 3-1.


Catania: Andujar; Alvarez, Legrottaglie, Rolin, Marchese; Salifu (Paglialunga 71), Castro, Lodi, Almiron (Bellusci 74), Barrientos; Bergessio (Doukara 77)
Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Mexes, Acerbi, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo (Emanuelson 66), Nocerino; Boateng; Robinho (Ambrosini 90), El Shaarawy
Ref: Orsato

Sent off: Barrientos 49 (C), Boateng 90 (M)