Looking at Milan’s remaining fixtures, i had started to fear the worst for the Diavolo. Prior to their victory over Fiorentina at the San Siro yesterday, Milan had lost their last 2 matches to Sampdoria and Palermo effectively ending any dreams they had of lifting the scudetto this season.
With Fiorentina, Genoa and Juventus still left to play, i am sure i was not the only worried about the Rossoneri finishing the season in 3rd place. However, Last night’s victory eased my nerves ahead of crucial fixtures against Genoa and Juventus.
To say this victory was important would be an understatement. Milan desperately needed to win to keep the chasing pack of Sampdoria and Palermo from significantly reducing their lead over them. Dinho again showed why Dunga should include him in his world cup squad as he was at the heart of Milan’s every attack setting up Huntelaar as early as the 8th minute.
10 minutes later and he was at it again this time setting up Borriello with the opportunity to open the scoring but the striker could not make the most of this chance. In the 19th minute, Fiorentina keeper Sebastian Frey pushed Ronaldinho’s shot away. The teams headed into the break level.
Ronaldinho continued where he left off in the first half as his 62nd minute effort was again denied by Frey. The game however shifted in Milan’s favour after Italy international Borriello was fouled inside the area by Per Kroldrup with 12 minutes left in the game.
Ronaldinho this time made no mistake from the penalty spot as he sent the ball past Frey to make it his 10th goal of the season. Ronaldinho had this to say about Milan’s Victory:
“It is the most important win of our season because it allows us to qualify for the Champions League and look forward to next season with great enthusiasm.”
“I am happy to be doing well for the team and for me,” he smiled.
“Then, if Carlos Dunga will take me to the World Cup all the better.”
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