A convincing performance from Massimiliano Allegri's side secured a vital win over the Sicilians, who never looked like picking up a point
AC Milan got their Serie A campaign back on track thanks to a 3-0 victory over a disappointing Palermo side at San Siro. Antonio Nocerino scored his first goal for the champions against the side he left on dead-line day, before second half goals from Robinho and Antonio Cassano rounded off a much-needed win for Massimiliano Allegri’s men.
The hosts started the match in impressive fashion. Antonio Cassano had two early sights of the goal, but a combination between poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Alexandras Tzorvas prevented the Italy international from putting his side into the lead.
As the match went on, Palermo managed to subdue Milan’s attacking play, but the hosts seemed determined to get their season back on track. Robinho produced a marvellous double save from Tzorvas by following up his own volley, before the deadlock was finally broken.
Ibrahimovic, whose passing had been majestic all night, sprayed a ball out to Alberto Aquilani at the far post, who headed the ball across the face of goal for Nocerino to net against the club he left this summer.
Palermo began the second half in just as uninspiring fashion as the first, and they were soon punished for it. Ibrahimovic slotted a perfectly weighted through ball between Matias Silvestre and Giulio Miglaccio into Robinho’s path, and the Brazilian kept his cool to double his side’s lead.
Cassano finally got his goal ten minutes later, arriving late in the box to slot Ignazio Abate’s cut-back home, and from that point onwards, Milan were in cruise control.
Aquilaini spurned a simple opportunity after catching Giulio Migliaccio is possession, electing to shoot straight at Tzorvas, before Stephan El Shaarawy produced a fine save from the Greek international.
Ibrahimovic almost netted a well-deserved goal with two powerful free-kicks from distance which Tzorvas did well to parry, but in the end Milan were made to settle for a 3-0 win.
The hosts’ second victory of the season sees them move into tenth place in Serie A, two points behind Palermo, who sit in fifth, and are still yet to score a goal outside Stadio Renzo Barbara this season.