Serie A - AC Milan put four past Cagliari

Sat, 14 May 21:41:00 2011

AC Milan celebrated their first Scudetto in seven years with a 4-1 victory over Cagliari at the San Siro.

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Robinho got a first half brace either side of a Gennaro Gattuso header before Andrea Cossu cut the arrears seven minutes before the interval.

The visitors improved in the second period but Clarence Seedorf put gloss on an already polished performance with a close-range finish with a little over 10 minutes remaining.

The Rossoneri, who won the Scudetto for the first time since 2004 with a goalless draw at Roma last weekend, put the disappointment of their midweek defeat against Palermo in the Coppa Italia behind them with an exquisite performance in front of a packed San Siro.

It was a performance befitting of champions and it was apt that it preceded the formal presentation of the Scudetto in front of a jubilant home crowd.

It was, in fact, Cagliari who were first to threaten but Radja Nainggolan's well-struck effort was always rising and never offered a genuine threat to the goal of Christian Abbiati.

Cagliari were neat in attack – particularly down the channels – but struggled to create much more in the way of clear-cut chances.

With Milan having settled and Cagliari’s defending best described as slack it seemed that a Rossoneri goal was almost inevitable.

Having been found by Robinho, Alexandre Pato headed straight at Michael Agazzi and should have done better before Robinho stung the palms of the Cagliari shot-stopper from a tight angle.

But the little Brazilian didn’t have to wait much longer before opening the scoring when in the 22nd minute he latched on to a Seedorf through ball before evading three flailing challenges and curling a low effort into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

If the first goal was borne of individual brilliance, the second – only two minutes later – owed much to a rather large slice of luck.

Agazzi was quick off his line to challenge at the feet of Robinho and was unfortunate to see the rebound loop up on to the head of Gattuso, who headed into an empty net from outside the box.

Milan were rampant and Roberto Donadoni’s side had no answer to their pace and movement and it was of little surprise when Robinho broke the offside trap to latch on to a Pato through ball and slot past Agazzi for the home side’s third.

With Milan threatening a rout, the visitors broke almost immediately to cut the arrears. Cossu broke the offside trap, before cutting inside Mario Yepes and slotting past Abbiati from close range.

The second half was a more even affair, with Cagliari unlucky not to have their inventive play rewarded with a goal.

With Milan having visibly relaxed, the visitors began the half in the ascendancy and would have had their improved play rewarded with a goal had it not been for the sharp reflexes of Abbiati – the keeper doing incredibly well to get down to push a wonderfully well-struck Gabriele Perico shot around the post from distance.

However the visitors continued at be slack in defence and Milan put the game beyond any doubt when Robinho and Pato combined to put Seedorf clean through on goal for Milan’s fourth.

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Marcus Foley / Eurosport

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