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Milan Beats Cagliari To Go Back Atop Serie A

AC Milan returned to the top of Serie A thanks to a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the Stadio Sant’Ella Stadium, in what was a rearranged fixture from the first week of the season, where the whole schedule was postponed because of a players’ strike.

An own goal from Francesco Pisano and a sharp finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic proved the difference between the sides.

It was a far from fluent performance from the Rossoneri in the Sardinian rain, even though they scored early in the game through a fourth-minute own goal. Ibrahimovic put in Robinho down the right-hand side of the box, and the Brazilian rounded goalkeeper Michael Agazzi and defender Michele Canini, before crossing for the waiting Antonio Nocerino. It seemed as if the former Palermo midfielder would tap in his seventh goal in 14 games from point-blank range, but Pisano ended up putting the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear.

On the hour it was 2-0 when Robinho’s header set up Ibrahimovic’s 11th Serie A goal of the season. It dropped perfectly into the path of the Swede, who controlled the ball superbly to take it away from Canini, then chipped it over Agazzi from a tight angle.

While Cagliari enjoyed decent amounts of possession in the game, it was obvious why they have scored only 12 goals in the league all season as they failed to create any clear chances despite all that possession.

so Milan now site on top of the table with 34 points from 16 games, though it could be a short stay on the summit, as Juventus will return to the top if they win at Udinese on Wednesday. Cagliari drop to 14th place, with 18 points from 16 games.