Serie A - Milan hammer Catania

Sun, 06 Nov 15:15:00 2011

Milan ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against Catania at the San Siro to go third in Serie A.

Milan Catania - 0

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho were the catalysts for victory with everything flowing through the strike duo. The Swede opened the scoring from a penalty in the seventh minute, Robinho doubled their lead midway through the half with an excellent effort, while Clarence Seedorf and Gianluca Zambrotta grabbed a goal apiece in the second half.

The result was Catania's first loss in seven games and moves them down to eighth position.

Robinho was at the centre of everything good Milan did in the first half and It was the Brazilian who won the penalty. He was completely unmarked as he broke into the area from an Ibrahimovic through ball. As he went to shoot, Davide Lanzafame came in from behind in a tangle of legs in what was an easy decision for the referee: Ibrahimovic stepped up and hit the ball low into the bottom corner.

Midway through the half Robinho extended Milan's lead and it was a nicely taken goal. Ibrahmovic hit a volleyed pass David Silva would have been proud of from the halfway line which the Brazilian ran onto. From the left hand side of the area he made a fool of Giuseppe Bellusci and shaped a curling effort right into the far corner from a tight angle.

Massimo Ambrosini and Robinho should have put Milan further ahead with chances just before half time, the former with a free header from six yards.

Catania were poor in the second, with their best chance a complete fluke. Alejandro Gomez hit an attempted cross from the left, it completely evaded the attentions of Christian Abbiati, swerved and clipped the face of the crossbar.

With 20 minutes to go Seedorf put the game to bed. Ibrahimovic once again played a clever through ball for Robinho, whose shot was partially saved by Mariano Andujar. The ball broke and Francesco Lodi in comical fashion cleared the ball against his post, it bounced back into his body and it was scrambled in by the onrushing Dutchman.

Milan completed the rout when Zambrotta slotted under Andujar after the keeper had parried an Alberto Aquilani freekick straight into his path. Pippo Inzaghi came on with 10 minutes to go and almost grabbed one for himself late on. The pass of the match from Ibrahimovic cut open the entire Catania defence and the veteran striker saw his effort clip off the heels of Andujar and bounce just wide of the far post.

Tom Embury-Dennis / Eurosport

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