ROME: AC Milan, seeking their 17th league title, ended Bologna’s 100% home record with an impressive 2-0 victory yesterday to ensure they stay top of Italy’s Serie A.
Second-half goals from Andriy Shevchenko and Brazilian Serginho secured Milan’s 11th win of the campaign after a difficult first 45 minutes.
Ukraine international Shevchenko broke the deadlock six minutes after the break, cashing in on a disastrous miskick from Leonardo Colucci and crashing an explosive shot high into the net.
And Serginho put the game beyond Bologna’s reach when he converted from close range after the home defence failed to clear Rivaldo’s corner.
Milan’s win means third-placed Inter Milan cannot claim first place even if they beat Modena at the San Siro later yesterday because they have an inferior goal difference.
Milan top the table with 36 points from 16 games, three more than second-placed Lazio, who were held by Brescia on Saturday, and Inter, who are third.
Title-holders Juventus turned on the style by thrashing Reggina 5-0 at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
Veteran Antonio Conte opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a close-range shot before David Trezeguet’s spectacular overhead kick made it 2-0.
An own goal from Francesco Cozza, an Alessandro Del Piero penalty and a later strike from Marco Di Vaio completed the rout and moved Marcello Lippi’s men up to fourth position above Chievo on goal difference.
Chievo fell a place despite a dramatic last-gasp 1-0 win at AS Roma for whom new signing Olivier Dacourt made his debut following his arrival from English Premiership outfit Leeds United earlier in the week.
Federico Cossato scored the only goal of the game a minute from time to wreck Roma’s hope of resurrecting their championship challenge.
On Saturday cash-strapped Lazio failed to equal AC Milan’s 1992-93 record of winning eight away league matches in a row by drawing 0-0 at Brescia.
In another game, Empoli drew 1-1 at home to Torino with both goals arriving in stoppage-time.
Empoli’s defender Sanchez Cribari scored an own goal in the first minute of injury time before striker Tommaso Rocchi equalised for the home side in the third additional minute. – AFP