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Main » 2007 » October » 1 » Milan 1 - 1 Catania
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Milan 1 - 1 Catania
Serie A Week 6 - 30/9/07 (14.00 UK)
Milan 1 - 1 Catania
Martinez 26 ©, Kaka pen 48 (M)
Stadio Sam Siro

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Milan's crisis continues, as only a Kaka penalty gave them a point against little Catania. Carlo Ancelotti's men are still without a home win in Serie A this season.

The Rossoneri were in crisis after picking up just three points from their last four games, including the 2-1 midweek defeat at Palermo. They wasted dozens of chances and could not afford a similar attitude against Catania. Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini and Nelson Dida were still sidelined, so Zeljko Kalac took the goalkeeping gloves. Catania assistant manager Gianluca Atzori continued to fill in for the banned Silvio Baldini, who was joined in the stands by Giacomo Tedesco and Davide Baiocco.

The Sicilians had never won here in Serie A, managing just two draws in 10 previous visits. Kaka should have done better when he skipped past two defenders, but pulled the finish across the face of goal.

While Milan were pouring forward, it was Catania who took the lead at San Siro! Kalac parried the first attempt from Gionatha Spinesi, but the cross looped over the giant Australian for a Martinez header from a yard at the back post.

The Rossoneri thought they had equalised two minutes later, but it was disallowed. Andrea Pirlo's free kick thumped the crossbar and Kakha Kaladze appeared to control it with his arm to set up Pippo Inzaghi's tap-in, but the linesman spotted the handling offence.

Marcos Cafu's effort took a deflection off Christian Terlizzi to skim the woodwork, then in first half stoppages Inzaghi wasted a golden opportunity from close range, effectively blocking Massimo Ambrosini's strike, as Milan were jeered off the field by their own supporters.

Alberto Gilardino and Massimo Oddo came on for the second half and almost immediately Mark Edusei was punished for a clumsy challenge, his arm blocking Giuseppe Favalli's low cross. Kaka converted the resulting penalty to draw Milan level.

Kaladze went off with a suspected thigh strain and made way for Alessandro Nesta, then some special Kaka footwork on the edge of the area to drive Edusei crazy saw his low shot fingertipped round the base of the upright.

Milan were pouring forward, but this left space at the back for Catania's counter-attacks, so the second half was very open and Giuseppe Mascara blasted a good chance over.

Inzaghi was booked for simulation and Gennaro Gattuso engaged in a scuffle with Biagianti in stoppages.

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Milan: Kalac; Cafu (Oddo 46), Bonera, Kaladze (Nesta 54), Favalli; Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini (Gilardino 46); Kaka, Seedorf; Inzaghi

Catania: Polito; Sardo, Stovini, Terlizzi, Vargas; Izco, Edusei, Biagianti; Martinez (Sabato 65), Mascara; Spinesi

Ref: Gervasoni

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