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Serie A

  • May 14, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Ciampi
  • • Attendance: 52000

AC Milan 4-1 Cagliari: Robinho inspires Serie A champions in thumping win

AC Milan 4-1 Cagliari: Robinho inspires Serie A champions in thumping win

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Milan makes easy work of victory over Cagliari with Robinho grabbing an impressive double.

Newly crowned Serie A champion AC Milan gave its home supporters a parting gift for the season as it ran out a comfortable 4-1 victory against Cagliari at San Siro on Saturday evening.

Robinho opened the scoring on 22 minutes before Gennaro Gattuso doubled the scoreline two minutes later. Robinho's second goal of the game on 35 minutes handed Milan what appeared to be an unassailable lead.

However, Roberto Donadoni's side was given hope three minutes later through Andrea Cossu's strike. But the champions completed the rout on 77 minutes when Clarence Seedorf finished off a wonderful team goal.

It was the away side, however, who started brightly and created the first real chance of the game on five minutes. Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan picked the ball up 30 yards from goal before sending a rasping effort which narrowly sailed over Christian Abbiati's crossbar.

Milan began to come to life and could have taken the lead on 16 minutes. Robinho found himself in space on the right-hand side before clipping a precise cross to the unmarked Alexandre Pato who could only find Michael Agazzi's arms from 12 yards.

Massimiliano Allegri's men eventually scored the opening goal on 22 minutes. Robinho picked the ball up from a Clarence Seedorf pass on the left hand side before slaloming his way past several Cagliari defenders and sliding the ball past the outstretched hand of Agazzi from just inside the penalty area.

The champions doubled their advantage two minutes later with a bizarre goal. Pato's run into the box was spotted by Seedorf, but the Brazilian was beaten to the ball by the sprawling keeper. However, the rebound looped up for Gennaro Gattuso to head into an empty net from 20 yards out for the tough-tackling midfielder's second Serie A goal of the season.

Milan was three goals to the good on 35 minutes and cruising towards victory. Pato's clipped pass found Robinho, who calmly slotted the ball past Agazzi from 15 yards for his second goal of the game.

Yet, Cagliari was given a ray of hope three minutes later, pulling a goal back to make it 3-1. Nainggolan picked out Andrea Cossu in the box and he easily side-stepped Gianluca Zambrotta before putting the ball beyond Abbiati from eight yards.

The second half was a far more closed affair, although the visitors came close to pulling another goal back on 56 minutes. Gabriele Perico picked the ball up from range and sent a ferocious 30 yard effort which Abbiati was forced to turn around the post for a corner.

Milan almost restored its three-goal buffer on 70 minutes when Andrea Pirlo found Robinho in the box with a perfectly weighted through ball. However, Agazzi did well to close down the space and block the Brazilian's shot.

Allegri's team put the icing on the cake on 77 minutes with a wonderful team goal. Robinho's pacy run saw the two-goal man feed the ball into the path of compatriot Pato, who flicked it onto the onrushing Seedorf in the box and the Dutchman made no mistake in slipping his shot into the far corner.

Milan will end its championship season next weekend with a visit to Udinese while Cagliari, who have already secured its Serie A status, is away to Parma.

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