Player Ratings: Milan 3-0 Sampdoria

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MILAN

Dida: 6
- Sampdoria managed one shot on target all match - Dida will have few easier nights than tonight.

Antonini: 7 - A good performance - he was involved in the move for the first goal and always looked to give support on the overlap.

Nesta: 6.5 - He had a very comfortable evening at the heart of defence as Sampdoria's attacking threat was almost non-existent.

Thiago Silva: 6.5 - Like Nesta, he had very little to do but coped well with the few threats that the visitors posed.

Zambrotta: 7 - With so little attacking threat from Sampdoria, he was allowed to venture forward often and teamed up well with both Pato and Abate.

Pirlo: 8.5 - Instrumental in Milan's play. Showed wonderful vision in the middle of the pitch, and was not afraid to get stuck in to win the ball back for his side.

Ambrosini: 7 - Sent in a good cross in the move for the third goal and very rarely gave the ball away. Conceded a few too many fouls though, and was lucky not to be cautioned for a challenge on Pazzini.

Seedorf: 7.5 - Took his goal very well. Although he wasted a few more opportunities with some wayward shooting, he was impeccable in possession and always looked to support the front men.

Pato: 7.5 - Effective on either side of Milan's front three and was a threat throughout the match. While his finishing was not at its best, he was alert enough to tuck home the rebound for his goal.

Ronaldinho: 8 - Set up the first two goals with some excellent deliveries, and was clearly enjoying himself on the left until he was withdrawn as a precautionary measure in the 34th minute.

Borriello: 7 - He couldn't miss his chance for the opening goal, but somewhat disappointingly it was his only shot of the game.

Substitutes:

Abate: 7 - His pace was a great threat to Sampdoria, and would have had a couple of assists but for some wayward finishing by the front three.

Huntelaar: 6 - Couldn't find the net himself, but almost set up a fourth goal for Seedorf in the dying minutes.

Flamini: 6 - He quickly settled into a match that more resembled a training game by the time he came on.


SAMPDORIA

Castellazzi: 5.5 - Conceded three goals but made some good stops to prevent the scoreline from becoming an embarrassment.

Stankevicius: 5 - Allowed Ronaldinho far too much possession, and saw Pato break past him on a number of occasions after Ronaldinho's substitution.

Gastaldello: 5.5 - Not organising the defence at all, but he did make a brilliant clearance just before the break that saved a certain goal.

Accardi: 5.5 - Really struggled to cope with the front three, and won far too few of the tackles that he went in for.

Ziegler: 5 - Completely dominated by firstly Pato and then Abate on the left flank, and offered very little defensive protection.

Padalino: 4.5 - Substituted in the 52nd minute, and that was about as much action as anyone saw from him. Very quiet performance.

Tissone: 5.5 - He had Samp's only shot on target and looked to put himself about in the middle of the pitch, but the Milan midfield totally overran him until it was too late.

Poli: 6 - Clearly frustrated by what was going on around him. He rarely gave the ball away himself, but needed to give more support to the attackers.

Mannini: 4 - Conceded possession to Zambrotta for the third goal, and was so off his game that he was replaced after 25 minutes.

Pazzini: 5 - Very isolated up front and given almost nothing to go on for the entire game.

Cassano: 5 - Lackadaisical on the ball and didn't do enough to impose himself on the match. A more lively second half, but Milan were coasting to victory by that point.

Substitutes:

Lucchini: 5.5 - Came on for Mannini in order to stem the flow of Rossoneri attacks, but seemed to be bewildered by Abate's pace and was booked for a rash tackle on him at the start of the second half.

Semioli: 5.5 - One of the more lively players in attack for Sampdoria in the latter stages.

Bellucci: 5.5 - He had 15 minutes to do something in attack for the visitors as they looked to salvage some pride, but unable to get involved.

Anthony Wright, Goal.com

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