AC Milan beat Inter 3-0 thanks to Pato”s double

Published: 03/04/2011 05:00



Alexandre Pato scored a brace to
hand AC Milan a 3-0 win over cross-city rivals Inter in a potentially
title-deciding derby on Saturday.

AC Milan’s Pato (C)
celebrates beside teammate Robinho after scoring against Inter Milan during
their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan April 2,
2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Pato opened the scoring in the first
minute with a tap-in before Cristian Chivu blew off his sides’ chances of a
comeback on 53 minutes when he was sent off for tripping Milan’s goalscorer.

Pato wrapped the win on 62 minutes when
he headed a pass from Ignazio Abate. Substitute Antonio Cassano completed the
rout on 89 minutes when he converted a penalty he won himself before receiving
his marching orders in the 92 minute for a second-yellow card.

Inter’s best chance came in the 38th
minute when Wesley Sneijder delivered an inviting corner which was met by the
head of Thiago Motta on the six-yard line. It looked as if an equalizer was
inevitable only for Abbiati to somehow claw the ball to safety off the line, a
wonderful save celebrated by the keeper as if he had just scored the winning

The result sees Milan increase their
lead over Inter at the summit of Serie A to five points with only seven games to


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