Match - Sun 6 January, 16:00, San Siro
|22. (65’)||27. (87’)|
Milan start 2013 with a win
Milan started 2013 on a high note after beating Siena at home
Despite being racially abused in a friendly match in the week to a lower league Italian club Pro Patria, Kevin-Prince Boateng was thrown into the starting line-up for Milan along with Giampaolo Pazzini.
Having lost 4-2 to Roma in the final game 2012 and with Alexandre Pato having left for Corinthians the pressure was on the striker to deliver the goods.
The opportunity of the game fell to Stephan El Shaarawy in the 13th minute in which he worked his way into the box before unleashing a right footed strike in which Gianluca Pegolo did well to push out for a corner.
Defensively Milan were proving to be a sound force and Christian Abbiati wasn’t aiding their cause with some questionable saves and it was the Tuscans who were looking to be the hungrier of the two teams.
Felipe showed some good discipline to intercept an El Shaarawy ball to Pazzini inside the box as the teams walked into the break goalless.
The first chance of the second half fell to Siena in which Cristiano del Grosso supplied the ball into the box to Alessandro Rosina but this time Abbiati was at his best with a save which pushed the effort wide.
Bojan Krkic had replaced Antonio Nocerino and he proved to make an instant impact as he put the squad ahead with an easy tap-in off a great cross supplied by Boateng in the 65th minute.
The Rossoneri looked a lot more determined in the second half and their lead was doubled in the 80th minute from a Pazzini penalty, which was harshly given against the Tuscans.
A lifeline was given to the Robur in the dying minutes of the game when the substitute Michele Paolucci pulled a goal back with a header in the 87th minute.