Despite a bright start the Rossoneri failed to create many scoring chances as they attacked at a pedestrian pace. The Rossoblu had a much clearer game plan and were even denied by the woodwork in what proved to be a rather event-less opening period.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the Diavoli ahead with a trademark goal shortly after the break as he shrugged off two defenders to stab a shot over Eduardo.
With no reply from the Grifoni the goal proved enough for the home side to celebrate a much needed win. The Rossoneri cut the gap at the top to two points ahead of Inter’s clash with Roma, and given the form of Ibrahimovic they will be confident they can keep up the chase in the coming weeks.
Milan’s first real scoring chance fell to Robinho on 18 minutes. The former Manchester City forward struck a low drive towards the far post, but it did little to trouble Eduardo inside the Genoa goal.
The Rossoblu looked threatening going forward and the Rossoneri rearguard had much to think about as they looked to contain Luca Toni’s strength and Giandomenico Mesto’s movement.
Gennaro Gattuso made a great run off the ball on 26 minutes and forced a great save from Eduardo as he latched onto Ronaldinho’s pass to fire on target from close range. The move underlined Milan’s ability to threaten but also the distinct lack of runs from the forwards.
Rodrigo Palacio gave the hosts a scare on the stroke of half-time as his cross towards the back post struck the woodwork following Abbiati’s soft punch.
The deadlock was finally broken on 49 minutes when Ibrahimovic knocked the ball over the ‘keeper with an outstretched leg. Despite being hounded by two defenders, the hitman showed great strength as he gave Milan the lead with a trademark goal.The Rossoneri were far more creative in the second period and Ronaldinho almost doubled their lead as he attempted a floated chip from 18 yards on the hour mark.
With the clock ticking down Genoa made good in-roads down the flanks but were far less threatening in front of goal as they failed to get crosses into the box.
Robinho almost slotted home a second late on following a wonderful exchange with Clarence Seedorf down the left. Despite the goal line clearance from Domenico Criscito it was a fine move by the Samba star who finally showed what he can bring to the side when at full fitness.
With few ideas in the closing stages there was no way back for Genoa and Milan celebrated their second league win of the season.
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