Milan cruised to a 3-0 victory over Brescia on Saturday night, thanks to three summer signings all finding the back of the net inside the opening half-hour. Kevin Prince Boateng, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimović caught the Rondinelle sleeping and effectively killed the game with an hour to spare. The result ensured the Rossoneri remain three points clear at the top of Serie A.
In the early Saturday fixture, due to their participation in the Champions League next week, Milan started the match with a view to securing the three points early and consequently giving themselves a week off due to the dead rubber against Ajax on Wednesday night. With qualification already secured and the possibility of overtaking Real Madrid for the top spot gone, Massimo Allegri will have the luxury of providing a break to some of his older players and hand an opportunity to some of the squad players before next Sunday’s trip to Bologna.
Milan entered the game level on points with Lazio after the latter’s impressive victory on Friday evening against Inter. It was a crucial win for the Biancocelesti as they knew the Rossoneri would be unlikely to drop points in this fixture, and so it proved. Nevertheless, at present Lazio remain in touch as the sole challengers to Milan for the Scudetto.
Ibrahimović, who has been in scintillating form of late, started brightly and confidently nutmegged former Juventus player Jonathan Zebina before breezing past Adam Vass as if he was not there and then cutting the ball back in to the path of Boateng, who slotted home to open his account for his new Club.
Brescia initially threatened to fight back and at the opposite end of the pitch, former Italian international Andrea Carraciolo pestered the Rossoneri back-line and had a penalty appeal turned down after a clumsy Alessandro Nesta tackle. Shortly afterwards, the prolific Brescia striker spectacularly diverted Përparim Hetemaj’s cross on the volley towards the top corner, only for Christian Abbiati to deny any instant equaliser.
However, Hetemaj then gifted Milan their second goal with a back pass that fell too short for goalkeeper Matteo Sereni, and Robinho pounced to calmly slot the ball into the empty net. It was a massive blow for the visitors and just minutes later they were left to play for pride as Ibrahimović decided to get in on the act with his eighth goal of the season. The Swedish international took aim from the edge of the penalty area and smashed past the hapless Sereni to send the fans in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza crazy.
After the interval the game fell into a training-ground-esque exercise for the Rossoneri, who stroked the ball around with aplomb and waited for gaps to open in the Brescia defence as their concentration waned.
Robinho should have taken advantage and added a fourth goal when Boateng slid him a pass through the visitors’ static defence like butter, but the Seleção star could only blaze over, to the disappointment of his teammates.
The game fizzled out after that and even the introduction of Ronaldinho failed to inject any life into an encounter that had long been over. Crucially, Milan now move ten points clear of reigning champions Inter, and continue to look more like deposing their greatest rivals each week.