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Milan Gets Closer To Scudetto As Napoli Slipped Again

AC  Milan - PSV in San Siro - www.yme.nlAnother interesting week of Italian football sets up this weekend as Ac Milan’s Scudetto bid grows even closer with Napoli slipping again and Inter Milan breaking away from Lazio’s challenge.

The Rossoneri came away with a 1-0 victory in a rather odd hard fought match against relegation candidate, Brescia, while the Partenopei surrendered their runners up spot back to Inter after the Southern Italian team break down against Palermo.

Milan Escape Difficult Task

Robinho’s only goal sealed all three important point in a match that saw the Rossoneri waste tons of goal scoring chances before suddenly giving the initiative to Brescia in the last 15-20 minutes of the second period, setting up a very tense match for the Milanisti. Playing without two main strikers, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato, Milan were actually dominating the match right from the start as they picked up several great goal scoring chances from Mathieu Flamini, Antonio Cassano, Robinho and also Clarence Seedorf.

Surviving from a potential rout in the first period, Brescia still count themselves very lucky early in the second period as Milan strikers keeps on wasting their chances in front of goal. Midway in the second period, marked by the entrance of Urby Emanuelson to replace Kevin Prince Boateng, Brescia suddenly grow confidence after getting several successful set pieces. Just as the game looked to be in the balance, the away team struck the blow as Robinho score an simple one on one goal after being setup by Cassano.

Napoli Slipped as Inter Gets Second Place Back

Two different scenes happened for Milan’s two closest rivals as Napoli, who were very close two weeks ago slumped into another defeat this time against the Sicilian, Palermo. Eying to pressure Milan who played few hours later, the Souther Italian side started the game brightly as Edinson Cavani added his tally with a penalty goal. However, that’s pretty much where the story ends for the Partenopei as the Sicilian made their comeback later in the first period with goals from Federico Balzaretti and Cesare Bovo.

Meanwhile, the opposite scenario occurred at San Siro where Lazio simply wasted their chance to leapforg Inter despite taking the lead first through Mauro Zarate’s pen and got a man advantage after the Nerazzurri got their keeper, Julio Cesar sent off. Unfortunately, the Biancocelesti clumsiness that occurred against Napoli, happened again as they easily let in two goals from Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto’o that pretty much gave a little lift for Leonardo’s men.

Lazio have pretty much themselves to blame though as aside from poor defending, their wastefulness in front of Inter goal pretty much the key to their defeat this weekend. As time grows, frustation started to creep into the away team’s players as Stefano Mauri got himself sent off after making a silly foul allowing the home team a breath of fresh air in holding the score line in the last 10-15 minutes.

Serie A Week 34 Results:

Bari v Sampdoria 0-1; Bologna v Cesena 0-2; Cagliari v Fiorentina 1-2; Inter v Lazio 2-1; Palermo v Napoli 2-1; Genoa v Lecce 4-2; Roma v Chievo 1-0; Udinese v Parma 0-2; Brescia v Ac Milan 0-1; Juventus v Catania 2-2


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