Stephen Appiah’s Cesena shock AC Milan

Milan fell to their fourth successive away defeat in Serie A as fearless Cesena stormed to victory at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic started from the off for the Rossoneri but it was the home side who stole the show after just 30 minutes when Erjon Bogdani headed his side into the lead. The Rossoneri looked extremely vulnerable at the back and were again undone on the stroke of half time when Emanuele Giaccherini slotted home to perfection gifting Cesena a double lead.

Milan threw on more firepower after the break but as Cesena outmatched them for running there was no way back for the visitors.

The Bianconeri were left to celebrate an extraordinary opening home victory on their return to Serie A, their first over the Rossoneri in 21 years. The Diavolo deservedly went home empty handed once again falling foul to their fragility at the back.

The game started at an electric pace and the home side immediately pressed forward intent on showing their worth in front of the sell out crowd.

Massimiliano Allegri’s outfit continued with their attacking approach but Cesena refused to give anything away as they kept a very tight ship at the back. Ibrahimovic was proving in determined form following his switch from Barcelona, and the giant Swede was a constant threat when brought into play.

Cesena took a shock lead on the half hour mark when Bogdani beat his marker inside the box to head past a helpless Cristian Abbiati. The Albanian hitman did incredibly well to find the bottom corner, but there were definitely question marks hanging over Thiago Silva’s marking at the back.

On the stroke of half time the home side doubled their lead as Giaccherini punished the Rossoneri as he slotted into the bottom corner following a lighting counter attack. Milan had again been caught out at the back and Cesena showed a ruthless ability to take advantage.

CESENA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Christian Abbiati goal keeper of Milan is beaten by Erjon Bogdani of Cesena during the Serie A match between Cesena and Milan at Dino Manuzzi Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Cesena, Italy.

The visitors looked to throw everything forward after the break but were still outmatched for running by the Romagna outfit. Allegri unleashed Robinho for Ronaldinho but Ficcadenti’s side refused to be awe struck by the star studded opposition.

Ibrahimovic looked to take matters into his own hands on 63 minutes when his 103kph drive went sailing just over the crossbar. Had the Swede scored it would have been a sensational opener on his Milan debut, but the attempt further summed up the Rossoneri who looked increasingly frustrated.

Despite the chance of a late consolation, Ibrahimovic managed to strike the post from the penalty spot. It simply wasn’t the Diavolo’s evening and the home side comfortably held on for a priceless victory.

The result leaves Serie A newcomers Cesena unbeaten after two rounds following the opening draw away to Roma. After starting the evening with high hopes following their exploits on the transfer market, Milan were once again left to rue a distinct lack of quality at the back as they continue to suffer on the road.


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