Italian Serie A
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Clarence Seedorf's AC Milan win again with late comeback at Cagliari

Cagliari v AC Milan - Giampaolo Pazzini

Two late goals in the space of three minutes gave new AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf his second straight Serie A win since taking over at the San Siro.

Milan, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri with Seedorf after a terrible start to the season, trailed when Marco Sau slotted in against the run of play.

The visitors equalised through Mario Balotelli's bending 20-yard free-kick.

And substitute Giampaolo Pazzini helped Milan move up to ninth by swooping on Keisuke Honda's right-wing cross.

The comeback win against 14th-placed Cagliari demonstrated the new-found belief among Milan's players since Seedorf's return to the San Siro.

The 37-year-old Dutchman, who played for the Rossoneri from 2002 until 2012, had never coached a professional team before his appointment earlier this month.

But, despite a Coppa Italia defeat by Udinese in midweek, the four-time Champions League winner appears to have already instilled more resilience, with Milan also beating Verona thanks to a late Balotelli goal on Seedorf's managerial debut.

Elsewhere, neighbours Inter Milan were jeered off the San Siro pitch after being held to a 0-0 draw by rock-bottom Catania.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 25Avramov
  • 14Pisano
  • 29Murru
  • 5ContiBooked at 60mins
  • 15Rossettini
  • 13Astori
  • 21DessenaSubstituted forIbraimiat 89'minutes
  • 7CossuBooked at 89mins
  • 9SauSubstituted forCabreraat 69'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 51Pinilla
  • 20EkdalSubstituted forErikssonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Ibraimi
  • 16Eriksson
  • 22Cabrera
  • 24Perico
  • 26Adán
  • 34Del Fabro
  • 38Solinas

Milan

  • 1Amelia
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 28EmanuelsonSubstituted forAbateat 77'minutes
  • 18Montolivo
  • 13Rami
  • 25Bonera
  • 10Honda
  • 34de JongSubstituted forMuntariat 69'minutes
  • 45BalotelliBooked at 87mins
  • 22Kaká
  • 7RobinhoSubstituted forPazziniat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Muntari
  • 5Mexes
  • 11Pazzini
  • 14Birsa
  • 20Abate
  • 21Constant
  • 24Cristante
  • 35Coppola
  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
Referee:
Daniele Doveri

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamMilan
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home21
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 1, Milan 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Milan 2.

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Agim Ibraimi (Cagliari).

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniele Conti (Cagliari).

Offside, Milan. Sulley Ali Muntari tries a through ball, but Giampaolo Pazzini is caught offside.

Foul by Francesco Pisano (Cagliari).

Keisuke Honda (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Agim Ibraimi replaces Daniele Dessena.

Booking

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 1, Milan 2. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Davide Astori.

Booking

Mario Balotelli (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 1, Milan 1. Mario Balotelli (Milan) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Booking

Matias Cabrera (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Daniele Conti.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Francesco Pisano.

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Daniele Dessena.

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.

Keisuke Honda (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sebastian Eriksson (Cagliari).

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sebastian Eriksson (Cagliari).

Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matias Cabrera (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniele Conti (Cagliari).

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Ignazio Abate replaces Urby Emanuelson.

Offside, Cagliari. Francesco Pisano tries a through ball, but Mauricio Pinilla is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Sebastian Eriksson replaces Albin Ekdal.

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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