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Wednesday, 6 January 2010

AC Milan 5 Genoa 2

Beckham returns to the field for Milan, pretty much where he left off despite vowing to play anywhere on the pitch that Milan needed him. He was in a familiar position doing a familiar job, some passes were wayward, but others were superb, as was some of the close interplay with his new team-mates.
After just 13 minutes Ronaldinho was expected to open the scoring when Milan were awarded a spot-kick, however this was one occasion when his weak penalty was reasonable easily saved...
Just two minutes later, Ambrosini lays off to Beckham on the edge of the box, but Beckham screws the shot some way wide of the right-hand post. On 24 mins, Genoa punish Milan's failure to score with a well-worked cross into the box, which was all too easily headed home by Sculli, 0-1 to Genoa...
on 31 mins, a lovely Beckham pass is laid off to Ambrosini who is brought down by the keeper, this time Ronaldhino shoots to the left and scores to bring the sides level.
A minute later Beckham pounces onto a loose ball whilst Borriello is asking for a foul, this time shaving the left hand post with a very well struck shot. Beckham continues to be a presence in front of goal but struggles to get the ball out of his feet for the final shot. On 37 minutes, Milan have a free kick halfway into the Genoa half, the ball is passed into the box from the right and shots fly in from several angles until eventually Silva finds the back of the net to put Milan ahead for the first time. Only a minute elapses before we find Beckham flashing a cross in from the far-right which narrowly fails to find a Milan boot.
The game is being played in earnest, there are plenty of tackles going in (and invariably plenty of falling to the floor clutching various parts of the anatomy...), but the score remains at 2-1 up to the half-time whistle.
After a mere three minutes played in the second half, Borriello is found in front of goal by Antonini - he slots it away to take the score to 3-1 and Milan are flying. Borriello again on the hour-mark, this time gets onto a searching cross, he is behind the defence and takes a flying scissor-volley and is somewhat fortunate to hit it into the ground and see it sail over the keeper and into the far left corner of the net - 4-1 in spectacular style - even the narrowest of chances are going in. However on 70 minutes, Gattuso wastes a chance after the ball falls into his path, but only two minutes later Ronaldinho finds a defenders hand in his face in the box and Milan have their third penalty of the night! This time, Huntelaar confidently puts the ball away for 5-1 to Milan.
At 75 minutes, Beckham leaves the field to rapturous applause from the Milan faithful - a somewhat more heart-warming response that the one he received on his return to California last year! Just three minutes later, Genoa get a consolation as Suazo gets free from the Milan defence and bangs the ball into the net for a final score of 5-2.
Does Beckham look at home? You bet he does... he is right where he should be to present the best possible case for inclusion in the England squad as long as he can remain injury-free.

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