Milan 1-1 Sampdoria Celebrate One Point?
Mid week injury fears were unfounded as both van Ginkel and Bonaventura started. The Curva Sud’s campaign of using the #saveacmilan hashtag on any paper or banner seemed a limited success, all amid growing reports of a team sale nearing. The closest early action came in the 14th minute when van Ginkel forced Emiliano Viviano to palm his shot out for a corner. Milan enjoyed more of the ball. On the other side Samuel Eto’o shot just wide in the 22nd minute. Destro was at the end of a couple of half chances and headers and van Ginkel seemed to be growing in stature. Cerci had a lot of the ball but rarely created more than a half chance and missed a relative easy chance late in the first too. The half ended 0-0.
Right after the restart Sampdoria had a chance from a counter. Soon after an Antonelli cross was not handled properly and the Sampdoria goalie almost handed Milan a chance to take the lead. The game stumbled along with little of note. In the 58th minute shortly after a Sampdoria counter had gone nowhere Samuel Eto’o found Roberto Soriano open behind Mexes, the latter easily scored. Suso came on for Cerci. The visitors seemed improved or Milan seemed to be going in the opposite direction. De Sciglio came on for Abate shortly before the equalizer. Nigel de Jong shot from a corner and his shot was deflected in by Alfred Duncan. The Ghanaian had come on earlier for the visitors’ goal scorer. The last Milan sub featured Pazzini coming on for the injured Destro. The latter seemed hurt after leg to leg collision. Later Suso hit the far post from a curled shot and the game ended with lots of possession but little else. Getting one point from a team higher in the standings was perhaps a cause for celebration.
More about the game in its forum thread.