A.C. Milan

  • Montella targets Serie A resurgence afte...

    Vincenzo Montella praised his AC Milan players for securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League - and now wants them to focus on closing the gap in Serie A. The Italian side thrashed Austria Wien 5-1 for a second time this season, with strike duo Andre Silva and ...

    Montella targets Serie A resurgence after Europa League success

    Vincenzo Montella praised his AC Milan players for securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League - and now wants them to focus on closing the gap in Serie A. The Italian side thrashed Austria Wien 5-1 for a second time this season, with strike duo Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone both scoring twice in the San Siro rout. Milan 3/4 to beat Torino The result, coupled with AEK Athens' 2-2 draw with Rijeka, means Milan have secured top spot in Group D with a game to spare. But while Montella's side have impressed in Europe they are languishing down in seventh place in Serie A, a situation their manager hopes they can now rectify in the coming weeks. "It was an extremely positive evening and we will honour the final game in the Europa League group phase, as that is what our history demands," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Qualifying top of the group was the minimum objective. We achieved it, now we turn our focus to making up lost ground in Serie A. "Milan are in the process of gaining the right mentality, but unfortunately we were improving right as we came across sides like Juventus and Napoli, who are ahead of us right now." As for the visitors, Wien boss Thorsten Fink felt his side fell apart after taking the lead, albeit the result has not completely ended their hopes of joining Milan in the knockout stages. The Austrian team can qualify courtesy of a better head-to-head record if they defeat AEK Athens in the final round of group fixtures. "Our plan worked for 20 minutes. After we scored the goal, we somehow lost our confidence," Fink told UEFA.com. "We didn't attack anymore and we defended horribly. Anyway, I'm happy that our hopes are still alive."

  • AC Milan 5 Austria Wien 1: Andre Silva s...

    AC Milan put their domestic struggles to one side as they clinched a place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a 5-1 victory over Austria Wien on Thursday. The Serie A side eased the pressure on manager Vincenzo Montella with a repeat of the 5-1 triumph in the reverse fixtu...

    AC Milan 5 Austria Wien 1: Andre Silva sends Montella's men through to the last 32

    AC Milan put their domestic struggles to one side as they clinched a place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a 5-1 victory over Austria Wien on Thursday. The Serie A side eased the pressure on manager Vincenzo Montella with a repeat of the 5-1 triumph in the reverse fixture back in September. Andre Silva scored a hat-trick on that occasion and the striker netted two more on home turf, while fellow forward Patrick Cutrone also found the net twice in a comfortable victory. Ricardo Rodriguez scored the home side's first of the night after Wien had taken a shock lead, Christoph Monschein breaching Milan's flimsy offside trap to break the deadlock midway through the opening half. However, with the legendary Kaka watching on from the stands, Milan ended a four-game goal drought in front of their own fans in emphatic fashion, in the process wrapping up top spot in Group D with a game to spare. Perhaps still smarting from a 2-1 loss to Napoli at the weekend, Montella's side started sluggishly before the shock of conceding lifted them out of their early slumber. Wien capitalised in the 21st minute, Monschein running clear to round goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and score from a tight angle. Despite Leonardo Bonucci's desperate slide, the ball squeezed between the centre-back's legs and trickled over the line. The advantage, however, lasted just six minutes. An unmarked Rodriguez converted Fabio Borini's deflected right-wing cross at the back post to bring Milan level and end their barren spell on home turf. The Swiss defender was also involved in his side's second, as his weak free-kick rolled perfectly into the path of Andre Silva, who capitalised on the unexpected opportunity by slamming home a low shot. Cutrone joined his strike-partner on the scoresheet before half time, nodding in Borini's cut-back cross as goalkeeper Patrick Pentz was caught horribly out of position. Bonucci failed to provide the final touch in the right net shortly after the interval, volleying over from a corner, but Silva put the game out of Wien's reach with his second of the night in the 70th minute. The Portugal international took his tally in the group stages to six in five matches, though his weak shot on the turn only reached the net due to Pentz's right foot getting stuck in the turf as he attempted to make what seemed a routine save. Pentz did prevent Silva from securing another European treble against Wien, diving to turn aside a stinging drive, but Cutrone still added a fifth in injury time, the teenager waltzing around the beleaguered goalkeeper to complete his double and duplicate the result from Vienna.

  • Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine ye...

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a...

    Brazil star Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual assault

    A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a 22-year-old woman at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013. Robinho played for Milan between 2010 and 2015. He is currently with Atletico Mineiro and made his last appearance for the national team against Colombia in January. As Robinho is a Brazilian national currently residing in his home country, however, he is highly unlikely to face jail time for his offences. According to local legislation no Brazilian citizen can be extradited to another country under request to face criminal charges, although that will not apply should he leave his home nation and is detained elsewhere. Robinho's current club, Atletico Mineiro, declined to comment on the sentence, stating they would only speak through the team's lawyers if necessary. The star, meanwhile, issued a statement on Instagram denying his involvement.   Sobre a notícia envolvendo o atacante Robinho, em um fato ocorrido há alguns anos, esclarecemos que ele já se defendeu das acusações, afirmando não ter qualquer participação no episódio. Todas as providências legais já estão sendo tomadas acerca desta decisão em primeira instância. A post shared by Robinho (@robinho) on Nov 23, 2017 at 10:01am PST "With regards to the news involving the forward Robinho, regarding something that happened some years ago, we would like to clarify that he has already defended himself against the allegation, affirming that he was not involved in the incident," the statement read.  "Every legal measure is being taken about this first ruling." Robinho, 33, started his career with Santos, and as a teenager helped the Peixe to their first Serie A title for 20 years.  That sparkling form led him to Real Madrid, where he starred for three seasons before earning a lucrative move to Manchester City in 2008.  A lack of discipline, however, began to dog Robinho, and he was soon returning to Santos before a spell in Italy where the assault took place.  After a short stint at China Robinho moved to Belo Horizonte, where he has become a key part of Atletico's first team over the past two seasons alongside fellow City old boy Jo.

  • Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC...

    Kaka has yet to decide if he has played his final game in professional football and suggested he is open to taking on a role as a director at AC Milan. ACM 10/1 to win Europa League The 35-year-old played his final game for Orlando City in October, having previously confirmed h...

    Kaka still unsure about retirement as AC Milan offer role

    Kaka has yet to decide if he has played his final game in professional football and suggested he is open to taking on a role as a director at AC Milan. ACM 10/1 to win Europa League The 35-year-old played his final game for Orlando City in October, having previously confirmed he would not be signing a new contract at the end of the season. Former Milan, Real Madrid and Brazil star was in tears as he waved goodbye to the Florida side and has admitted he may never return to the field. "The last game with Orlando could have been the last one to be a professional and it was special," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I still have not said farewell to football, I want to take some time to think about it. "For now it's hard to talk about these things." Kaka has visited Milan to meet managing director Marco Fassone over a potential job with the San Siro side, and the idea of returning to the club he lifted the Champions League with is an enticing one. "I have to decide whether to play again or not, because from now on this will be my life. That's what I told Marco Fassone," he said. "Getting closer to Milan is beautiful and I know now there is a chance to stay close to Milan, for now it is a hypothetical situation. "I think the idea at Milan is clear for everyone: to bring them back to being a big team in Italy and Europe. I am always in love with Milan, the relationship with the team, with the club and with these fans is beautiful. It's weird for a Brazilian to have a relationship like that with an Italian club."

  • Miracle in Seville? Ben Yedder trolls Li...

    It wasn’t the Champions League final, but Wissam Ben Yedder could not help but draw comparisons Tuesday to a famous finale after a stunning three-goal comeback by Sevilla against Liverpool. Ben Yedder scored a second-half brace to help bring his side back into the contest agains...

    Miracle in Seville? Ben Yedder trolls Liverpool after epic comeback

    It wasn’t the Champions League final, but Wissam Ben Yedder could not help but draw comparisons Tuesday to a famous finale after a stunning three-goal comeback by Sevilla against Liverpool. Ben Yedder scored a second-half brace to help bring his side back into the contest against the Reds, after Liverpool took a 3-0 lead into the half. Guido Pizzaro’s equaliser in stoppage-time completed the epic comeback and earned Sevilla a crucial 3-3 draw in the Champions League Group E clash. Reds v Chelsea O3.5 goals 17/10 It also might have reminded fans of another Champions League classic involving Liverpool — the "Miracle of Istanbul," when the Reds stormed back from a 3-0 deficit of their own to level the game and eventually stun AC Milan on penalties in the 2005 final. And while the circumstances probably don’t quite merit this being dubbed the "Miracle of Seville," Ben Yedder took to Twitter after the game to have some fun at the English side’s expense. Hope @acmilan watched it  pic.twitter.com/EbkaA5GGBy — Wissam Ben Yedder (@WissBenYedder) November 21, 2017 “Hope AC Milan watched it,” Ben Yedder wrote. It probably provided a much bigger consolation to Sevilla than Milan, however, as the result means a victory against Maribor in the finale will guarantee advancement to the knockout stages for the Spanish side. Liverpool remain first in the group on nine points and can also advance to the knockout round with a win or draw against Spartak Moscow on the final matchday of the group stage. Sevilla sit second with eight points, Spartak third with six and Maribor is on two points.

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