Milan back to winning ways in Parma stroll

Last Updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 12:37

Rome: AC Milan bounced back to winning ways
with a 4-0 thrashing of Parma at the San Siro to maintain
their grip on the Serie A leadership.

Coming into the game off the back of two straight draws
and only two wins in their previous six league games, Milan
were starting to come under pressure from the chasing pack,
notably a revitalised Inter Milan and surprise package Napoli
yesterday.

And second-placed Napoli remained hot on their heels
three points back as league top scorer Edinson Cavani bagged a
brace to down Roma 2-0.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri claimed, though, that
the rossoneri have never been under pressure.

"Obviously (the last two draws) added weight to the
voices talking about a crisis and gave hope to those chasing
us," he said.

"But there was never a critical moment because in both
those games the only thing lacking was the result.

"The lads did really well."

First half goals from Clarence Seedorf and Antonio
Cassano, his first for the club, put this game to bed before
the break.

Substitute Robinho then scored a second half brace to
emphasise Milan`s superiority.

"We played well and played a great game and I`m also
happy because my goals helped us win," Robinho said
before looking ahead to Tuesday`s Champions League clash
against Tottenham.

"They`re a great team but we want to win everything,
we`re not looking at other teams.”

"We`re only thinking about playing well and I think we
can win the title."

Milan were on the charge from the off with Seedorf
forcing visiting goalkeeper Antonio Mirante into a diving save
from a rasping drive in the first minute.

Parma could not handle Milan`s attacking flair and on
eight minutes Zlatan Ibrahimovic played Seedorf in behind the
defence to round Mirante and slot home on the slide.

The second came on 17 minutes after a delightful exchange
with Cassano coming in from the left, playing the ball inside
to Gennaro Gattuso and taking his dinked reverse pass over the
Parma defence to slot slow into the corner on the half volley.

Milan were rampant and it could have been more just after
the half hour mark.

Ibrahimovic nodded the ball back down for Cassano but his
shot was tipped away for a corner.

Cassano then chipped the ball over the defence for
Ibrahimovic to take down on his chest and volley goalwards but
Mirante came to his side`s rescue.

Parma offered almost nothing in attack with only a
misdirected header from Milan centre-back Thiago Silva
troubling his own goalkeeper Christian Abbiati just before
half-time.

Parma were a much improved outfit in the second period
with Sebastian Giovinco`s shot being charged down by the
returning Alessandro Nesta.

Blerim Dzemaili then had a fierce shot from distance
parried by a diving Abbiati before Massimo Pacci failed to
make contact from eight yards with a goal begging.

But just as the visitors were enjoying their best period
of the game, Milan made it four.

Robinho arrived unmarked on 61 minutes to finish from 15
yards after Cassano tried to tee up Ibrahimovic.

The Brazilian then fluffed his lines when running on to a
cross from Ibrahimovic but he made no mistake moments later as
Cassano ran at the defence and slippped him in for another
precise and clinical finish.

Napoli all but mathematically ended Roma`s title chances
by claiming their first win away to the giallorossi in 17
years.

Cavani opened the scoring on 49 minutes from the penalty
spot after Juan had clipped Marek Hamsik`s heel in the area.

And the Uruguayan finished things off seven minutes from
time as he stabbed home Paolo Cannavaro`s cross from six
yards.

Roma now trail Milan by 13 points, although with a game
in hand.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 12:37

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