AC Milan vs. Genoa: A Full Review of a Vintage Serie A Match

Matteo BonettiContributor IMarch 8, 2013

GENOA, ITALY - MARCH 08:  Mario Balotelli of AC Milan celebrates scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and AC Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 8, 2013 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Milan managed to squeeze out a 2-0 win away against Genoa, a 17th placed team desperately needing points to keep the distance from the bottom three. 

It was a vintage Serie A duel, complete with brutal fouls, a red card, botched refereeing and passionate fans. 

Despite playing with 10 men after a bizarre Kevin Constant sending off, Milan managed to practice their defensive bunker skills for Barcelona by keeping a tight back line and not conceding anything to a Genoa side that was better throughout the game. 

The first dagger from the Rossoneri came thanks to a hobbling Giampaolo Pazzini, who netted his 13th goal of the season.

After succumbing to an injury which gave him the top speed of Clarence Seedorf, Il Pazzo was found beautifully in the box and smashed the ball into the top corner. He was quickly taken off shortly after as a precautionary move, as Massimiliano Allegri knows he needs Pazzini fit for the Barcelona clash on Tuesday. 

The second goal came from Mario Balotelli, who prompted people to think, "Why always you?" as he scored his fifth goal in five league appearances since joining during the January transfer window.

A bizarre 65th minute red card to Kevin Constant meant Milan were forced to play with 10 men for the rest of the match.

The card led Constant to continue the fight with Genoa players and the referee, as he showed fans a bad-boy side to his repertoire which will undoubtedly worry Vin Diesel for competition on a future movie.

With Milan's midfield instructed to sit deep in front of defense, Genoa were allowed to hold possession in their half for a majority of the match. 

A barrage of shots aimed towards goalkeeper Christian Abbiati either hit the post or were deflected by the army of defenders surrounding the posts. It was an unfortunate day for Genoa as two handballs were not called on Milan, prompting the match to turn into a heated affair right away.

This win gives Milan 51 points on the season which will not only present worries to Napoli, but also force Lazio and Inter into must-wins situations if they want that third Champions League spot. 

So, what can Rossoneri fans take from this victory other than the three points? The DNA of a team that wins.

Simply put, today's victory reminded me of Jose Mourinho's Inter side that won the treble. Sometimes they weren't always the best team on the field, but they squeezed out results by defending well, being physically imposing and getting the occasional lucky break.