What a cool guy Gennaro Gattuso is, he knew Eto’o and Sneijder must have been lonely and shy after their summer transfer from the Spanish league and he decided to welcome them to Serie A, except he didn’t welcome them with open arms, instead he let his feet do the talking.
Eto’o (can he really be worth £40m less than Zlatan Ibrahimovi??) charged clear of the inattentive Milan defence, and was haring menacingly in on goal when Rino Gattuso hauled him down. Milito slammed the resulting penalty high and hard into the centre of the goal.
Worse was to follow for Gattuso. Struggling with injury, the Milan captain tried to substitute himself by making furious hand signals to the bench and sporting a face like a bulldog chewing a particularly chewy wasp. Sub Clarence Seedorf was not ready to take his skipper’s place – a critical error, as it turned out – as Gattuso received a merited second booking for a typically inelegant challenge on Sneijder. Down to ten men, the rossoneri capitulated. Brilliant Brazilian full-back Maicon danced his way through the gaps in the porous Milan defence to add a third goal on the stroke of half-time.