Is this the end for Genoa coach Alberto Malesani? He was already walking on thin ice, proclaiming people were attempting to push him out, but a 2-0 home defeat to AC Milan could be what pushes him over the edge into unemployment. The rossoblu started off well enough, unable to convert their chances but managing to hold Milan to a 0-0 scoreline at halftime.
It all went to pieces shortly after play resumed, however. Kakha Kaladze clattered into Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside the area. With Kaladze already on a yellow, the German was sent off, and Ibra himself stepped up to take the penalty. After an agonizing wait, the air pierced with whistles from the Genoa fans, the Milan forward put his shot straight down the middle. It bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Genoa were just starting to make it fun again, even attempting a backheeled shot that went just wide of goal, when the rossoneri struck their second goal. Kevin-Prince Boateng turned, and turned again, creating space on the left to slip the ball across the face of goal. Antonio Nocerino was there, meeting the volley with the toe of his right boot to earn his fifth Serie A goal of the season.
It may not have been pretty, and the visitors certainly didn't show complete and utter dominance over Genoa, but Milan reached their goal: Top of Serie A. For about 48 hours, anyway -- is anyone truly expecting Cesena to beat Juventus?