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  • A Yahoo! User Oct 18, 2010 11:35 Flag

    Pato and Robinho Fire Milan Top

    It was only a matter of time. The giants of Europe are awake again and here to terrorize you lot. Beware the FIREPOWER of Milan - Pato, Ibrahimovic, Robinho, Ronaldinho, Boriello, and the evergreen Inzaghi - Forza Milano!!!

    Robinho scored his first goal in a Milan shirt as the Rossoneri beat a spirited Chievo 3-1 at the San Siro to go top of Serie A for one night at least.

    The Brazilian, who has struggled since joining from Manchester City in the summer, came off the bench to add a third deep into injury time after Milan rode a comeback from their guests.

    Alexandre Pato, handed his first Serie A start since the 2-0 loss at Cesana on September 11, had scored two goals before the half-hour mark as he made the most of his chance ahead of Robinho.

    Milan seemed to be cruising but they failed to take their chances to put the game out of sight and were almost made to pay after switching off at set-pieces.

    Two minutes after heading one corner just wide, Chievo defender Bostjan Cesar wrought havoc at the near post as the ball flew off Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 20 minutes left.

    Chievo sensed blood and pushed for a leveller, Manuel Fernandes putting wide after Cyril Thereau put him in.

    But Milan held on and added a late third to seal a win that puts them top for the night at least, as leaders Lazio and chasers Internazionale and Napoli all play on Sunday.

    Chievo stay fifth, one point behind Napoli and Inter.

    Brazilian Pato volleyed Ibrahimovic’s 17th-minute cross into the ground and across Stefano Sorrentino to open the scoring.

    He doubled Milan’s lead 13 minutes later when he raced on to the Swede’s quickly-taken free-kick to blast a finish into the roof of the net.

    Clarence Seedorf had an effort blocked by Nicolas Frey, while Pato - chasing a first-half hat-trick - was denied when his curling shot was tipped away by Sorrentino.

    Chievo had their chances too, with Pablo Granoche heading low but straight at Christian Abbiati, while the Milan keeper - back in the side after injury - made an excellent double save from French midfielder Kevin Constant.

    Milan started the second half well but they missed a selection of chances, with Ibra latching on to the excellent Ronaldinho’s pass but firing straight at Sorrentino.

    Chievo sub Thereau forced a good stop from Abiatti with a shot from range, while Luca Antonini had a goal disallowed for offside after more good play by Ronaldinho.

    Then Milan went to sleep, allowing Cesar not once but twice to get contact on corners from the right, with the second flying in, apparently off Ibrahimovic.

    A nervous spell followed for the Rossoneri, as Fernandes missed a gilt-edged chance after combining with his fellow sub.

    The last 10 minutes saw Milan rally, playing keep ball to wind down the clock but looking more dangerous as a result, with Ronaldinho denied by Sorrentino after a superb knock-down by Ibra.

    And they sealed the win in the third minute of stoppage time when Ronaldinho touched on an excellent pass from Andrea Pirlo, with Robinho racing clear, rounding the keeper and sliding the ball home from an acute angle.