Sunday, 3 February 2008

Pato's joy and pain

AC Milan brought Fiorentina's four-match winning run to an end as they scraped a 1-0 victory thanks to a second-half goal from substitute Alexandre Pato.

The hosts will feel bitterly disappointed with the defeat as they held the visitors under siege for long periods and always looked the more dangerous.

But Pato's fourth goal in six matches proved decisive, although the young star was forced off late on with a potentially serious injury.

Ancelotti sent on the Brazilian after an hour in place of Clarence Seedorf. He wasted no time in making an impact, finding the net in the 75th minute after some good build-up play by Andrea Pirlo and Ricardo Kaka.

The latter sent a teasing pass across the Viola penalty area which Pato controlled well and blasted over Sebastian Frey into the net.

But the visitors were forced to play out the final minutes with 10 men as Pato badly sprained his left ankle under a Manuel Pasqual challenge. He put his foot down awkwardly and was stretchered off in visible pain.

However, the Rossoneri held on for the vital win that takes them just four points behind their opposition who sit in the final Champions League qualifying spot - with a game in hand.

[Saturday 2 Feb] - [Sunday 3 Feb]

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