Milan flying highest in Serie A
AC Milan moved three points clear at the top of Serie A and opened up a 10-point cushion over defending champions Inter Milan thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Brescia tonight.
Lazio's 3-1 win over Inter Milan on Friday had seen them join Milan at the summit of Serie A, but Massimiliano Allegri's side betrayed little anxiety against a Brescia side who had gone ten games without a win.
"I'm pleased we started with the right attitude and scored early but then we relaxed for a while and had to thank (Christian) Abbiati for a terrific save. At 3-0 we closed the game out and I was able to rest some legs," said Allegri.
"When Inter return from the World Club Cup, I'm sure they will be back to their best so we will have to keep up our form. The season's very long and there are still many teams left in contention for the title," said the Milan coach.
The match was decided inside the first half an hour with
Two goals in the space of three minutes from Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahmovic sealed the win and allowed Milan to sit back and relax for the remainder of the game as struggling Brescia failed to put up a fight.
Boateng set the tone for the game immediately as he put the home side in front with the first chance of the game. Ibrahimovic got to the line and pulled the ball back for the
An overhead kick from
Robinho pounced on a poor backpass by Perparim Hetemaj, accepting the gift to score from 17 yards in the 28th minute. And Ibrahimovic sealed the win three minutes later, seemingly taking an age with the ball at his feet inside the Brescia penalty area before finally deciding to shoot, and leaving Sereni no chance with his shot into the top right-hand corner.
Boateng almost added a fourth as the hosts threatened to run riot in the first half. However, they stopped at three goals and then settled down in the second half with a volleyed effort from substitute Ronaldinho the closest either side came to scoring.
Roma stuck at Chievo
In Saturday's early match Roma missed the chance to move into third after Chievo fought back from a two-goal first-half deficit to draw 2-2. Fabio Simplicio struck a brace in the 26th and 44th minutes in a match that only went ahead after a late pitch inspection at the icy Marc'Antonio Bentegodi stadium.
But Roma were punished in the second period for sitting on their lead. Goalkeeper Julio Sergio allowed a long-range effort from Davide Moscardelli to slip through his grasp just after the hour. And with seven minutes remaining Pablo Granoche slotted home the equaliser before Roma's misery was compounded when skipper Daniele De Rossi was sent off for a reckless lunge on Moscardelli.