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Milan Close The Gap At The Top As Lazio Crumbles

AC MilanNothing change a lot at the top of Serie A table this weekend as Lazio still keeps their tail upfront but Ac Milan returns to second place and are back on just two points behind the capital side after the Rossoneri edged pass Bari 2-3 in San Nicola this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Biancocelesti that supposedly are 5 points ahead of Milan before the weekend, lost the three point gap after being beaten 2-0 in the Derby by As Roma.

Wasteful Milan Edged Bari

The Rossoneri gets themselves on winning way in the league after the defeat against Juve last weekend, however the same issue still occurs for Milan as just like against Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri’s side are still guilty of wasting too many chances and lapse of concentration in defend. Playing away, the red and black squad actually dominated the game as they scored very early in the match through Massimo Ambrosini’s header nodding into Clarence Seedorf’s excellent cross.

Starting out a very different line up compared to their last game against Madrid, Milan kept on dominating and extend their lead midway into the second half through Mathieu Flamini who latched on into Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s excellent assist. However, the Rossoneri should have rued the misses in the first period notably from Robinho who missed at least three great goal scoring opportunities that could pretty much ended the game already.

The second half wasn’t actually any different from the first one as Milan still dominated and wasteful in front of goals only this half, Ibrahimovic was the one missing the chances which pretty much troubled the Rossoneri in the end as Bari pulled two goal back in this half. Thankfully for the away side, Alexandre Pato managed to add another goal for the fashion capital side that pretty much secure the victory in the end for his team that will definitely had some talking from their coach who is furious with the wastefulness of his players.

Two Roma Penalties Down Lazio

The Roman derby sparked another hot and controversial events as As Roma that are playing as an away team picked up all three point from their rival neighbor that currently leads the Serie A table. The match was sparkling as both teams are up for it from the start and attacked each others making it classic derby game indeed.

Despite many wonderful attacking actions in the first half, both teams failed to convert their chances making the scoreline stayed the same as before the game started at 0-0. However, the second period did offered much more drama especially after Roma managed to take the lead in the 52 minute through Marco Borriello’s penalty.

The match turned into a much more end to end stuff as Lazio take the attacking initiative while Roma seemed keen on playing from the counter which worked very well for Claudio Ranieri’s side. There’s was a bit controversy midway into the second half as Lazio players protested to the referee who refuse to give a penalty when Stefano Mauri was tackled in the box by John Arne Riise.

Just minutes before the final whistle, Mirko Vucinic added Lazio’s woes after he managed to convert another penalty kick that was given to Roma after Julio Baptista was tackled by Andre Dias in the penalty area. The second goal practically ends the contest as the home team doesn’t really have enough time to score two goals against the hard working and compact Giallorossi side that could pretty much take this result as a motivation to lift their place in the league table.

Bari v Milan 2-3
Goals: Kutuzov(Bari), Barretto (Bari); Ambrosini(Milan), Flamini(Milan), Pato (Milan)

Bari: Gillet; Belmonte, Masiello, Rossi, Parisi; Alvarez, Almiron (Gazzi 28), Donati, Pulzetti (Rivas 61) (D’Alessandro 72); Kutuzov, Barreto

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Yepes, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Ambrosini, Flamini; Seedorf (Pirlo 78); Ibrahimovic, Robinho (Pato 63)

Lazio v Roma 0-2
Goals: Borriello -pen, Vucinic -pen (Roma)

Lazio: Muslera; Lichtsteiner, Stendardo, Dias, Radu; Brocchi, Ledesma, Mauri; Hernanes (Foggia 74); Rocchi (Zarate 46), Floccari

Roma: Julio Sergio; Cassetti, Mexes, N Burdisso, Riise; Perrotta (Brighi 79), De Rossi, Simplicio; Menez (Greco 39); Borriello (Baptista 84), Vucinic

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