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Football: Milan Dazzle In Front Of Watching Beckham

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME – AC Milan seemed inspired by the presence of new loan signing David Beckham watching on from the stands as they blew away hapless Udinese 5-1 at the San Siro on Sunday night.

That ensured they moved into the three-week winter break, after which they will be able to call on the services of the former England captain, in third place in Serie A, nine points off leaders Inter Milan.

In between the bitter city rivals stand Juventus who cut Inter’s lead to six points earlier in the day as they won 3-1 at Atalanta.

Pato and Kaka both bagged a brace for Milan and Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf rounded things off while Antonio Di Natale replied for Udinese.

Pato opened the scoring after just four minutes as he headed home a cross from Giuseppe Favalli.

The teenage striker turned provider next for his international team-mate Kaka on 13 minutes before Di Natale reduced the deficit with a rasping drive.

But a minute after Udinese’s strike, Pato pushed the lead out again as he converted a cross from Luca Antonini.

The fourth came a couple of minutes before the break as Andrea Pirlo hit the post with a free-kick and Seedorf followed up as Udinese’s hapless defence watched on.

Kaka rounded off the scoring on 52 minutes with Udinese’s defence again at sixes and sevens.

Udinese have now failed to win in eight matches since topping Serie A in October.

In Bergamo goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly-contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

Juve boss Claudio Ranieri admitted the goal was offside but said his team deserved to win.

“Atalanta were coming off the back of some exceptional results and playing at home they always play well,” he said.

“The second half was a great game, very close. Even so we deserved the three points which are very important.

“The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

“We deserved to lose against Catania,” admitted Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

“They were much better in the first half, they were well organised and reacted well.”And there was something that worries me, we didn’t manage to match their level.”

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi. – AFP/vm

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Football: Milan Dazzle In Front Of Watching Beckham

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME – AC Milan seemed inspired by the presence of new loan signing David Beckham watching on from the stands as they blew away hapless Udinese 5-1 at the San Siro on Sunday night.

That ensured they moved into the three-week winter break, after which they will be able to call on the services of the former England captain, in third place in Serie A, nine points off leaders Inter Milan.

In between the bitter city rivals stand Juventus who cut Inter’s lead to six points earlier in the day as they won 3-1 at Atalanta.

Pato and Kaka both bagged a brace for Milan and Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf rounded things off while Antonio Di Natale replied for Udinese.

Pato opened the scoring after just four minutes as he headed home a cross from Giuseppe Favalli.

The teenage striker turned provider next for his international team-mate Kaka on 13 minutes before Di Natale reduced the deficit with a rasping drive.

But a minute after Udinese’s strike, Pato pushed the lead out again as he converted a cross from Luca Antonini.

The fourth came a couple of minutes before the break as Andrea Pirlo hit the post with a free-kick and Seedorf followed up as Udinese’s hapless defence watched on.

Kaka rounded off the scoring on 52 minutes with Udinese’s defence again at sixes and sevens.

Udinese have now failed to win in eight matches since topping Serie A in October.

In Bergamo goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly-contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

Juve boss Claudio Ranieri admitted the goal was offside but said his team deserved to win.

“Atalanta were coming off the back of some exceptional results and playing at home they always play well,” he said.

“The second half was a great game, very close. Even so we deserved the three points which are very important.

“The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

“We deserved to lose against Catania,” admitted Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

“They were much better in the first half, they were well organised and reacted well.”And there was something that worries me, we didn’t manage to match their level.”

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi. – AFP/vm

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Football: Milan Dazzle In Front Of Watching Beckham

Posted on: December 22, 2008

ROME – AC Milan seemed inspired by the presence of new loan signing David Beckham watching on from the stands as they blew away hapless Udinese 5-1 at the San Siro on Sunday night.

That ensured they moved into the three-week winter break, after which they will be able to call on the services of the former England captain, in third place in Serie A, nine points off leaders Inter Milan.

In between the bitter city rivals stand Juventus who cut Inter’s lead to six points earlier in the day as they won 3-1 at Atalanta.

Pato and Kaka both bagged a brace for Milan and Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf rounded things off while Antonio Di Natale replied for Udinese.

Pato opened the scoring after just four minutes as he headed home a cross from Giuseppe Favalli.

The teenage striker turned provider next for his international team-mate Kaka on 13 minutes before Di Natale reduced the deficit with a rasping drive.

But a minute after Udinese’s strike, Pato pushed the lead out again as he converted a cross from Luca Antonini.

The fourth came a couple of minutes before the break as Andrea Pirlo hit the post with a free-kick and Seedorf followed up as Udinese’s hapless defence watched on.

Kaka rounded off the scoring on 52 minutes with Udinese’s defence again at sixes and sevens.

Udinese have now failed to win in eight matches since topping Serie A in October.

In Bergamo goals from Alessandro Del Piero and Nicola Legrottaglie gave Juve a 2-0 half-time lead but a firm header from veteran Christian Vieri against his former club made things interesting after the break until Amauri settled Juve’s nerves late on.

But it was a highly-contentious goal that put the visitors in front on the half hour.

Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko played a ball down the line to Marco Marchionni who was standing right in front of the linesman and a yard offside.

But play was allowed to carry on and the diminutive winger crossed into the box for Del Piero to prod home after Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola missed the ball.

Juve boss Claudio Ranieri admitted the goal was offside but said his team deserved to win.

“Atalanta were coming off the back of some exceptional results and playing at home they always play well,” he said.

“The second half was a great game, very close. Even so we deserved the three points which are very important.

“The next goal was simple as Legrottaglie headed home a corner before lifting up his shirt to reveal a message saying: ‘Jesus Lives’.

But just three minutes into the second period Vieri got ahead of Giorgio Chiellini to head home a corner that left the match on a knife-edge until Amuri headed home his 11th Serie A goal of the season nine minutes from time.

AS Roma’s recent resurgence came to an end in Sicily as Catania beat the capital-based side 3-2 thanks to a brace from Japan forward Takayuki Morimoto.

Roma, who came into the game on the back of a five-match winning run in Serie A and eight-game streak in all competitions, were out of sorts for an hour before they found their game.

But by then they were 3-0 down as Davide Biocco opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Morimoto struck on 40 and 56 minutes.

Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left and French winger Jeremy Menez set up a grandstand finish with a second four minutes after that.

Substitute Stefano Okaka should have stolen a share of the spoils deep into injury time but he was well off target with a close range header.

“We deserved to lose against Catania,” admitted Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

“They were much better in the first half, they were well organised and reacted well.”And there was something that worries me, we didn’t manage to match their level.”

Fiorentina kept up their Champions League charge with a narrow 1-0 win at Sampdoria courtesy of a goal from Riccardo Montolivo.

However, they were fortunate not to concede a goal in the first half when French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey parried a Gennaro Delvecchio header, seemingly from behind his goal line.

Napoli’s faint title hopes came to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Torino through a second half goal from former Manchester City forward Rolando Bianchi. – AFP/vm

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