AC Milan frustrated by Reggina
AC Milan were frustrated by a Reggina side fighting for their Serie A survival and held to a 1-1 draw at the San Siro. Milan were without the suspended Andrea Pirlo and lined up with a very attack-minded formation that included the recalled Ronaldinho, Kaka and Pato. However, for all Milan's early possession and pressure, they fell behind on 33 minutes.
Reggina burst away on the counter-attack and Bernardo Corradi set up Carlos Carmona, whose fierce drive was parried by Christian Abbiati. But the Italian giants failed to clear their lines and a Corradi flick set up the late arriving Davide Di Gennaro to lash home a left-footed goal.
Milan continued to push forward and Ronaldinho demonstrated a glimpse of his Barcelona form of old on 41 minutes with some typical Brazilian magic. The 28-year-old ran at goal, twisting, turning and sending three defenders the wrong way before curling his shot just past the far post.
After the break, Di Gennaro almost doubled his tally but arrowed his shot just wide, while Kaka had two chances, sending one softly into goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo's arms and the other past the near post. On the hour, Milan came their closest yet to scoring, as Kaka hit the post and substitute Clarence Seedorf bundled the ball home. The Dutch midfielder, however, was penalised for a handball.
Milan were given a lifeline on 67 minutes as Matej Krajcik brought down a marauding Pato in the box and Kaka smashed home the penalty. Ronaldinho made way for Filippo Inzaghi and he almost converted a sumptuous cross from Beckham, heading just over the bar 17 minutes from time. Five minutes from the end, Inzaghi was inches away from converting another clever cross from the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder.
The draw did little for AC Milan, as earlier in the day Inter Milan stormed to a convincing 3-0 victory at Lecce to further distance themselves from the pack.