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Serie A round-up: Beckham scores first Milan goal; Inter back on top

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bologna
Bologna logo
1 - 4
AC Milan logoAC Milan
Marco Di Vaio(pen) 9
Clarence Seedorf 13

Kaká(pen) 17

Kaká 43

David Beckham 60


David Beckham grabbed his first goal in AC Milan colours as the Rossoneri came from behind to claim a comfortable 4-1 win at Bologna.

Bologna took a shock lead when Marco Di Vaio converted a ninth-minute penalty after Paolo Maldini brought down Christian Amoroso.

But Clarence Seedorf restored parity four minutes later as he turned in a rebound after goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli had saved a long-range shot from Kaká.

Kaká then put Milan ahead in the 17th minute after scoring from the spot-kick after Gianluca Zambrotta had been fouled by Davide Bombardini.

Bologna's chances of getting anything from the match grew smaller four minutes into half time as Gaby Mudingayi was sent off for second bookable offences.

And they all but disappeared two minutes later when Kaká grabbed his second of the match, latching onto Alexandre Pato's backheel and firing it past Antonioli from the edge of the area.

Beckham then struck his first goal for Milan on the hour mark when after being put into space by Seedorf.

Kaká almost completed his hat-trick seconds later as he forced his way into the Bologna box only to be denied by a fine save from Antonioli.


Inter MilanInter Milan logo
1 - 0
Sampdoria logo
Sampdoria
Adriano 45



Inter Milan reclaimed top spot with a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria that was marred by José Mourinho's dismissal.

Overall it was an uninspiring performance from the reigning champions, which badly missed the inspiration of suspended striker Zlatan Ibrahimović.

In fact, the only attacks of note were their opener in stoppage time when Adriano volleyed home a Maicon cross from close range.

The rest of the first half had been characterised by indiscipline with six yellow cards and Mourinho was sent from the dugout for arguing with the referee over a foul on Inter midfielder Dejan Stanković.

Giampaolo Pazzini had an excellent chance to equalise on the hour mark when he pushed his way through the Inter defence, but goalkeeper Júlio César scampered from his line to block the striker's shot.

Inter now leads the table with 46 points, Juventus is second with 43, AC Milan is third on 40 and Genoa occupies fourth place with 36.


Elsewhere in Serie A on Sunday:

GenoaGenoa logo
1 - 1
Catania logo
Catania
Lazio
Lazio logo
1 - 4
Cagliari logo
Cagliari
LecceLecce logo
3 - 3
Torino logo
Torino
NapoliNapoli logo
0 - 3
AS Roma logo
AS Roma
PalermoPalermo logo
3 - 2
Udinese logo
Udinese
Siena
Siena logo
1 - 0
Atalanta logo
Atalanta


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