Thursday, 6 September 2007

Alexandre Pato off the mark for Milan

Milan new boy Alexandre Pato scored a debut goal as the Rossoneri contested a 2-2 draw with Ukrainian outfit Dinamo Kiev.

Carlo Ancelotti fielded an unfamilar side to face a Kiev team including ex-Rossonero star Andriy Shevchenko as the hosts celebrated their 80th anniversary.

Pato started in attack alongside Pierre Aubameyang and Alberto Gilardino, who has struggled at the start of the Serie A season and been linked with a January move away from the San Siro.

Kaka’s brother Digao was selected at the back after returning from a loan spell at Serie B side Rimini this summer.

Milan looked ill at ease in the opening minutes and were behind when Zeljko Kalac was beaten by a header from youngster Artem Milevskiy.

Pato’s first major contribution as a Rossonero nearly arrived after 19 minutes when he set up Gilardino to fire home, but he was adjudged to be offside.

The Ukrainians doubled their advantage shortly afterwards courtesy of an angled shot from Goran Gavrancic.

The big moment for Pato came on the stroke of half-time as the man nicknamed ‘The Duck’ headed home a Daniele Bonera cross for his first Milan goal.

Five minutes after the interval, Gilardino ended his goal drought as he controlled with his chest, rounded the Kiev ‘keeper and slotted home. The under-fire hitman’s celebration betrayed a great deal of relief after a stressful and fruitless period.

The game finished 2-2, but Milan had substitute goalkeeper Valerio Fiori to thank after his fine stop prevented the talented Milevskiy from doubling his tally and, there was even some room for coach Carlo Ancelotti's son Davide, who plays with the youth team, to come on two minutes before the end of this match.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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