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Summary

  1. Menez scores controversial penalty
  2. Milan boss Inzaghi under pressure
  3. Thousands of empty seats in fans' protest
  4. MLS: Colorado v New York City

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Real Madrid
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If European football is your thing then you already know what's on tomorrow night.

We will have live text commentary of Barcelona v Real Madrid (build-up starting at 18:30 GMT), a match report, reaction and player ratings.

See you then.

The game in summary

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

  • Home fans boycotted the game.
  • Milan's third goal is penalty following foul outside the box.
  • Coach Pippi Inzaghi gets a stay of execution (perhaps).
  • Milan up to seventh; Cagliari remain 19th.

Story of the game

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Stats
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Cagliari, who are 19th, had one shot on target - they probably can't complain too much (bar about Milan's penalty).

AC Milan fly up to seventh in the league.

Major League Soccer update

Colorado Rapids 0-0 New York City

Colorado Rapids, who in July will be boosted by the signing of Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle once his contract at Wolves expires, are drawing 0-0 with 15 minutes left of their home game against New York City FC.

However, Doyle will be impressed with his new side as they have had the best chances.

Marc Burch has twice been denied by New York goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who also thwarted Gabriel Torres when he was one-on-one.

At the other end, David Villa forced a good save from Colorado keeper Clint Irwin.

FULL-TIME

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

And that is that - some of the pressure relived on Filippo Inzaghi. Well a small bit. Maybe.

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Alessio Cerci is sent through in acres of space to make it 4-1 but somehow his shot is saved by Zeljko Brkic - he had the whole goal to aim for, and maybe five yards of space.

INJURY TIME

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Who are these extra four minutes benefitting? This game is done.

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

AC Milan fans on Twitter seem angry that Filippo Inzaghi hasn't brought on Suso, the former Liverpool youngster.

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

AC Milan make a change in midfield and it's an all-former Premier League switch. Michael Essien replaces Nigel de Jong.

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Cagliari's Luca Ceppitelli heads wide from eight yards out. They probably needed that if they were to mount a late comeback.

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Hazycozmicjazz: Higher attendance for Leeds' last home game v Forest (30,722) than AC Milan's last home game v Verona (29,510). Serie A = dead.

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari

Just a shame there's not many AC Milan fans here to see this - the Curva Sud ultra group called a boycott today in protest at Silvio Berlusconi's running of the club. They want more transparency. No official attendance figures for today yet but a lot of seats are empty.

AC Milan fans
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Scott Wilcox: Milan's problems stem from five years of signing players their current clubs don't want: Torres, Rami, Essien, Robinho, Taarabt.

GOAL

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari - Jeremy Menez

Jeremy Menez
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Jeremy Menez has his second of the game as he sends Zeljko Brkic the wrong way. That is literally one of the worst penalty decisions I've ever seen.

PENALTY TO AC MILAN

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

But the referee has given a penalty! That tackle was a few feet outside the box, that is a ridiculous decision.

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

It's all happening here! Alessio Cerci goes on a brilliant dribble and he's fouled outside the box by Luca Ceppitelli, who is booked.

HITS THE WOODWORK

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

There's been a chance and it's so close to being 2-2 - the ball comes across to Joao Pedro, eight yards out, and under pressure from Andrea Poli he hits the crossbar.

AC Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi could really do with his side holding on...

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

Hey it's another substitution. Mattia Destro comes off and Giampaolo Pazzini comes on up front for AC Milan.

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

If you're wondering why I'm not giving you many updates at the moment bar substitutions, it's because nobody is doing anything for me to write about.

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I Hafeji: Milan are suffering from poor transfer decisions made in recent years.

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

AC Milan make a change as Alessio Cerci, who came as part of the Fernando Torres deal, replaces Keisuke Honda.

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

It's a change for Cagliari as veteran Andrea Cossu replaces Paul-Jose M'Poku.

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Alex Watt: Since Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva left, Milan have never signed anyone of that quality, they just sign cheap, average players.

Probably not even cheap in some cases. I'd imagine Fernando Torres was earning top dollar.

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

Honda
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AC Milan looking fairly comfortable and they have a corner now...

It doesn't come to anything.

The wrong Gabbiadini

Italy have just announced their squad for games against Bulgaria and England.

For a minute I thought Marco Gabbiadini was in, but unfortunately for the 47-year-old English former Derby County striker, it's Manolo of Napoli.

Milan duo Luca Antonelli and Alessio Cerci are both in.

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari

As things stand AC Milan will be seventh. Cagliari will be above only Parma, who were declared bankrupt this week but are being funded by the Italian league to finish their fixtures.

Major League Soccer update

Colorado Rapids 0-0 New York City

It is half-time at the home of football aka Dick's Sporting Goods Park and Colorado Rapids are drawing 0-0 against New York City FC in the MLS.

New York City, the team that Frank Lampard is set to join after the Premier League season has finished, thought they had taken a fifth-minute lead but David Villa was adjudged offside before he put the ball into the net.

Since then, Colorado have been on top with Gabriel Torres having a shot saved, before Marc Burch fired just wide and Dillon Powers headed over.

Right-back Shay Facey, an England Under-20 international, is making his first start for New York since joining on loan from Manchester City.

GOAL

AC Milan 2-1 Cagliari - Philippe Mexes

Philippe Mexes
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I was slagging this game off as being boring a few minutes ago! A corner comes all the way across the box to Philippe Mexes, who was beaten for Cagliari's goal, but he makes amends as he volleys it home, via a bounce or two along the ground.

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Cornelius McGee: Need Milan to win for my football acca, would round off a perfect day after Ireland won the six nations :-)

GOAL

AC Milan 1-1 Cagliari - Diego Farias

Cagliari celebrate
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This is a wonderful goal. Cagliari break up an AC Milan attack just outside their box and counter. Marco Sau plays the ball forward to Diego Farias, who beats one man to charge into the box, leaves Philippe Mexes on the ground and then rolls the ball in to the net past Diego Lopez.

KICK-OFF

AC Milan 1-0 Cagliari

Second half gets under way.

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 1-0 Cagliari

Cagliari make what looks like an attacking change as Brazilian midfielder Joao Pedro replaces defender Alejandro Gonzalez.

AC Milan 1-0 Cagliari

Cagliari players are already out and here come the AC Milan players...

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IbaaAfana: AC Milan's decline is simply because of lack of investment by Silvio Berlusconi. Filippo Inzaghi has done a good job with what he's got.

AC Milan 1-0 Cagliari

Match stats
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Almost time for the second half. Here's the stats from the first half. AC Milan keeper Diego Lopez hasn't had a save to make.

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Anon: AC Milan have struggled in the last few years, not because of over expensive has beens but because of lack of investment into the club. Too many free transfers.

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Filippo Inzaghi
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John McEnerney: It's not just AC who are underachieving. Serie A (not Juventus) is well below-par. The main problem is lack of quality.

Elsewhere...

Spanish La Liga

Fernando Torres
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Fernando Torres scored his first La Liga goal in eight years as

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 2-0.

The striker, who had failed to score in his first nine league games since his return, headed home Koke's free-kick within three minutes.

And just before half-time Tiago headed home second from close range.

Rayo Vallecano beat Malaga 1-0, with Gael Kakuta scoring the only goal. Levante are holding Celta Vigo 0-0 with about 10 minutes left.

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Andrew Anderson: AC Milan have struggled in recent years, because they have continually brought in overpaid has-beens at the expense of youth.

HALF-TIME

AC Milan 1-0 Cagliari

Nigel de Jong header
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I won't lie to you, my European football friends. This hasn't been a very good game. At least we get a 15-minute break from it now.