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Italian Serie A

Angelo Massimino (ATT 14,000) 30th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Orsato

Catania Catania vs AC Milan AC Milan

Catania 1

N Legrottaglie (11)
P Barrientos (S/O 48)


AC Milan 3

S El Shaarawy (51, 90)
K Boateng (56, S/O 90)

AC Milan come from behind to claim victory over Catania at Stadio Angelo Massimino

Last Updated: 30/11/12 10:45pm

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Stephan El Shaarawy: On target for Milan on Friday

Stephan El Shaarawy: On target for Milan on Friday

AC Milan built on last weekend's victory over champions Juventus by coming from behind to post a hard-fought 3-1 Serie A victory over Catania at the Stadio Angelo Massimino on Friday evening.

Nicola Legrottaglie opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a powerful header, but it all started to unravel for the Rossazzurri after the interval.

Midfielder Pablo Barrientos was sent off three minutes into the second half, and the Rossoneri swiftly capitalised on their extra man with goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Boateng's dismissal at the death evened up the personnel, but the visitors nevertheless grabbed the game's only remaining goal as El Shaarawy struck again to seal the points.

The result lifted Massimiliano Allegri's side up to seventh in the standings - two points above their opponents.

The visitors were behind after 11 minutes, Legrottaglie despatching Francesco Lodi's corner into the top-right corner.

The hosts responded well and were inches away from an equaliser through Sergio Almiron's header in the 16th minute.

Antonio Nocerino had half a chance to extend Milan's lead just after the half-hour but lashed just wide, with Barrientos doing likewise at the other end soon after in the only other noteworthy opportunity before the break.

Barrientos saw red in the early stages of the second period after his foul on Nocerino earned a second yellow card.

Within two minutes of the dismissal, El Shaarawy had Milan back on level terms. He tapped home from close range after Boateng's right-wing cross had fallen to him via Robinho, and the goal was allowed to stand despite furious offside claims from the Catania defence.

The home team's anger mounted in the 56th minute when the Rossoneri went ahead. Mattia De Sciglio provided the cross for El Shaarawy to set up Boateng, who sent a fine curling shot into the bottom-right corner.

Milan continued to look the side more likely to add to the scoring as the match drew to a close, Robinho denied by Andujar and substitute Urby Emanuelson hitting the post from the rebound a minute from time.

Boateng was sent for an early bath after a bad foul from behind on Lucas Castro in the 90th minute but, despite that setback, El Shaarawy wrapped up the triumph in stoppage time with a neat curling shot from Kevin Constant's pass.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7