Being stormed with rumors of leaving Ac Milan, Alexandre Pato proved his commitment to the club by securing a three points for the Rossoneri in their latest Serie A match against Chievo Verona on Sunday at Marc Antonio Bentegodi.
The Brazilian starlet, who came into the pitch as second half substitute, scored the winning goal that gave Milan the precious three points which kept their five points gap with Inter.
Coming into the game after a disappointing defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs in the Champions League, Milan looked a little bit rugged as Chievo were pressuring very hard in the midfield giving little space for the Rossoneri players. Despite a difficult start, the away team did eventually managed to control the game and created few openings in front of the Flying Donkey’s goal, after series of attacking moves, Massimiliano Allegri’s team finally took the lead though Robinho.
The Brazilian slot the ball easily after receiving a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimovic inside Chievo’s penalty box, however the goal seemed a bit controversial as Robinho suspiciously using a bit of his upper arm in controlling Ibrahimovic’s downward header. Despite the suspicion, the goal stood still and it began to spark the game to life as the home team left some spaces at the back because their intention in getting the equalizer. Although few good goal scoring chances appeared for both teams, the first half ended in a 1-0 victory for Milan.
The second half started in a comfortable way for the Rossoneri, that are looking calm in playing their possession football while keep on creating one or two chances in front of the Chievo’s goal. However, a lapse of concentration at the back allowed the home team to get back into the game as Kevin Constant puts on a looping ball that found Gelson Fernandez in the far post to headed the ball pass Christian Abbiati in Milan’s goal. Youngster, Merkel showed a bit of inexperience in helping the defense as he failed to track down Fernandez that comes from his side.
In danger of losing more points from their competitors, Allegri, throw down his cards by putting Pato and also Kevin Prince Boateng on the pitch replacing Antonio Cassano and Merkel. The inclusion of the first two players give more speed and energy to Milan’s playing as they pour on the attack even harder and pinned the home team back in defending. Combination of some good saves from Chievo’s keeper, Sorrentino and good defending seemed to frustrated Milan for a while, before Pato suddenly showed a little bit of his Brazilian magic by swerving pass two defenders before placing his shot to the far post, deceiving the keeper.
The goal gave Milan the breath of fresh air and began to relax them a bit as the Rossoneri keeps on creating chances after chances that in the end led to the dismissal of Chievo’s defender, Bostjan Cesar, for a second bookable foul. Luckily for the home team, the time is running out as the man advantage that the Rossoneri had didn’t gave them enough time to get more goals, despite creating few more chances in the last minutes of the second half.
Chievo v Ac Milan 1-2
Goals: Fernandes 63 (Chievo); Robinho 25, Pato 82 (Milan)
Chievo: Sorrentino; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini (Oddo 46); Gattuso, Van Bommel, Merkel (Boateng 74); Robinho; Ibrahimovic, Cassano (Pato 65)
Milan: Abbiati; Frey, Morero, Cesar, Mantovani; Fernandes, Rigoni, Pulzetti (Bogliacino 46); Constant (Jokic 70); Pellissier, Thereau (Moscardelli 81)