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Palermo recorded a famous victory over league leaders Milan on Saturday evening at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Dorin Goian’s first half goal condemned the Rossoneri to just their fourth league defeat of the season.

Serse Cosmi was still looking for his first victory as Palermo coach since replacing Delio Rossi earlier in the month, and desperately needed points on the table to kickstart his reign in charge. For Milan, a win was needed to pull away from rivals Inter, who have been piling on the pressure recently.

However, it was the Rosanero who took the initiative early on in just the 10th minute after defender Dorin Goian scored a neat volley from a Giulio Migliaccio knockdown in the Milan box. There was suspicion of offside after the goal went in, but the Diavoli appeals were rejected.

The Rossoneri suffered another setback soon after, with Marek Jankulovski being the recipient of Mauricio Pinilla’s meaty challenge and was replaced by Luca Antonini just seven minutes later.

The game continued in the same vein as the half wore on, with both teams having a fair share of the possession and chances being created. Josip Ilicic and Javier Pastore linked up impressively on the edge of the Milan box, and the resulting shot was well saved by Christian Abbiati.

Massimiliano Allegri made a change early the second half bringing on Kevin-Prince Boateng for Mark Van Bommel but Palermo were still in charge, with Pinilla seeing the bulk of the chances go his way.

Ilicic also saw a snapshot from the edge of the box well claimed by Abbiati. Palermo should have doubled their lead after full-back Matteo Darmian burst into the box and got on the end of Federico Balzaretti’s dangerous low cross, but his sliding shot went wide.
The visitors suffered yet another blow to their hopes after Pato had to hobble off and was replaced by Robinho on 64 minutes. Soon after though, Mathieu Flamini saw a curling shot well saved by Sirigu, although it was at a comfortable enough height to deal with.

As the game wore on, Milan began to dominate possession after the hour mark, and this coincided with Robinho’s introduction as the Brazilian provided a fresh impetus in attack.

Palermo brought on Ghanaian defensive midfielder Afriyie Acquah for Armin Bacinovic to try and salvage some possession play back, but they could not stop wave after wave Milan attacks for the rest of the match. Gennaro Gattuso saw a powerful diving header well saved by the Italy number three.

Fabrizio Miccoli came on late for Pastore and almost made it 2-0 to the Sicilian outfit on 82 minutes, but his shot was straight at Abbiati, and that was the last genuine attempt at goal in the match.

For Palermo, this was an important victory as they can now build on this performance and begin to look upwards in the table. However, for Allegri’s men, they must hope that Lecce pull off an unlikely result at San Siro tomorrow in order to soften the blow of this setback as their city rivals could move within two points of them in the race for the Scudetto.

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