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Milan 4 Lecce 3: Kevin “King” Boateng

The title tells it all. The Prince has now become king, King of Milan. An absolutely stunning second half hattrick changed the match entirely. He just can’t be stopped at the moment.
Anyway, the match began in the worst possible way for the Rossoneri, with Lecce scoring through a Giacomazzi header in only the fourth minute. Seven minutes later, Abbiati was forced into a good save off Obodo’s strike which was heading for the top corner. Corvia volleyed over the bar from close range just a minute later, but he was offside anyway.
Milan had a few half chances with Nocerino coming the closest from a deflected volley, but Lecce were dominating.
Next came the penalty. Abbiati was at fault for fumbling the ball, but couldn’t be faulted for the penalty as it became apparent from the replays that Corvia had dove. It was a bad decision by the official, and not the last one in this match. Oddo put the spot kick past Abbiati, and in an unclassy move, celebrated against the side that he actually belongs to.
In the thirty-seventh, a comedy of errors by both the Milan defense and the linesman allowed Lecce their third. Grossmuller was the man to get it into the back of the net, but replays showed he was at least two yards offsides.
Halftime came and Allegri put in the man of the moment, KPB, as well as Aquaman. Prince immediately got to work with a superb, dipping volley that required a great save from Lecce keeper, Benassi, just seconds into the second half. On the ensuing corner, the Prince flashed a shot wide just off target.
It wouldn’t take long for him to get the goal, however, as he blazed a shot into the top right corner with the outside of his boot.
When in the attacking half, Prince obviously only had one thought in mind– to shoot. Six minutes after his outstanding first goal, he doubled his tally with an equally stunning strike from outside the box. I had faith, believe it or not, that my beloved Rossoneri would win the entire time, even when three-nil down, but now I knew we would win.
Boa proved me right, as just minutes later he added his third. He headed down for Abate to strike, and Abate’s effort was blocked. Unfortunately for Lecce, it fell right to the Ghanaian, who tucked it in to the near post past Benassi.
It took a little longer than I had hoped for Milan to get the fourth, but they did so through a Yepes header in the eighty-third minute.
All I can say about this match is that 1) we have some work to do before we reach the heights of last year’s Scudetto winning side, especially in defense and 2) thank you Prince, you saved us today. His goals provided inspiration to the whole team, and we started playing much better (though I will not say it was a good team performance). The Prince of Milan has come of age. The throne is his. All hail King Boateng!

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