31 October, 2012 - 08:17

AC Milan makes 2-2 comeback at Palermo, but the clouds still gather above Allegri

AC Milan makes 2-2 comeback at Palermo, but the clouds still gather above Allegri

Palermo took a 2-0 lead via Fabrizio Miccoli and Franco Brienza goals. But Riccardo Montolivo and Stephan El Shaarawy came back from behind and snapped a 2-2 draw.

Expectations were high before this match for Massimiliano Allegri as he is on the back foot for Milan’s poor performances this season. However, the Rossoneri seemed to lack offensive appetite while Palermo showed pressure from the start. They bullied the visitors for much of the first half and finally Fabrizio Miccoli scored some moments before the whistle blew. The hosts were undoubtedly dominating the game and Brienza doubled the advantage in the lead just two minutes into the second half. However, Palermo’s coach Gian Piero Gasperini sent off on-song Brienza on the bench subbing him with Luigi Giorgi and that was where the hosts paid the price. The Rossoneri bestirred themselves and went ahead in the dangerous incursion with Montolivo scoring in the 69th minute. Milan had more in the tank and a 20-year old starlet Stephan El Shaarawy fired the ball in the 80th minute thus snapping up a pulsating 2-2 draw for the team.

Though such a draw was not a good showing for the club of their caliber, it have possibly rescued Allegri’s job at the club. Yet the point gained in the match doesn’t change the Milan’s drear situation much as they still mire in the middle of the league table.

Serie A Matchday 10 will see some other games on 31 October. Juventus who take on Bologna should have no problems on Wednesday as they retaining the top spot at the table. Inter hosts Sampdoria at Giuseppe Meazza stadium and it proves to be a highly significant match for Nerazzuri as if they win, they may leapfrog to the second position in case Napoli, who play away with Atalanta, either lose or end in a draw.

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Author: Kate Kozz

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