AC Milan looking the part


SOCCER:ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC scored another special goal as AC Milan underlined their position as title favourites with a 3-0 home win over Brescia on Saturday.

The Rossoneri, chasing a first scudetto since 2004, moved three points clear at the top having been briefly caught on Friday by Lazio who beat troubled champions Inter Milan 3-1.

Sixth-placed Inter are now 10 points behind city rivals Milan and their chances of a sixth straight title look remote after 15 games of the season.

Milan, who drew 1-1 with Sampdoria last weekend in a rare blip, took no time at all in dismantling promoted Brescia.

Midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng netted his first league goal for the club in the fourth minute after Ibrahimovic’s assist.

Forward Robinho, preferred to fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho for a seventh straight game, extended the lead after 28 minutes before Ibrahimovic produced great individual skill to make it three on the half hour.

The Sweden striker, who failed to net against Samp, scored his eighth of the league campaign and no Milan fan would doubt that the addition of the ex-Inter and Barcelona man is the key reason why they are top of the table.

The shrewd coaching of new boss Massimiliano Allegri, whose only previous Serie A experience was with Cagliari, has also made a difference.

A Stefano Guberti brace and a Giampaolo Pazzini penalty helped Sampdoria to beat Bari and move to seventh yesterday, while troubled striker Adrian Mutu grabbed his first goal of the campaign as Fiorentina beat Cagliari.

Serie A’s veteran strikers were in fine form with Hernan Crespo bagging his second double in consecutive games to give Parma a 2-1 win against a resurgent Udinese, whose Antonio Di Natale, last season’s top scorer, struck his ninth goal of this campaign.

Marco Di Vaio hit his eighth goal of the season as Bologna won 2-0 away at struggling newcomers Cesena and Luca Toni equalised for Genoa in their 3-1 win at Lecce.