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Sedorf Making Headways, Thanks To Balotelli


A late Mario Balotelli spot-kick saved new AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf?s blushes in a 1-0 win over Verona Sunday, which handed the struggling Serie A giants only their sixth victory of the campaign.

Seedorf has been heralded as Milan?s potential saviour since former coach Massimiliano Allegri was sacked after a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo last week left the Rossoneri 30 points behind leaders Juventus.

Despite a lightning start against Andrea Mandorlini?s high-flying visitors, Seedorf grew increasingly frustrated on the touchline as the hosts failed to convert a series of chances.

Brazilian Robinho hit the woodwork in the second half but Milan had to rely on Balotelli?s 82nd minute spot-kick after Kaka was fouled in the area to claim a welcome three points.

In the opening minutes Verona goalkeeper Rafael had to scramble to tip away a deflected cross while under pressure from Balotelli as Milan pressed. A minute later Kaka flashed a header wide.

With 12 minutes remaining Seedorf replaced Robinho with Andrea Petagna, but it was Kaka who helped make the difference when he tumbled in the area under a challenge from Alejandro Gonzalez.

The referee pointed to the spot and Balotelli stepped up to send Rafael the wrong way.

Milan reclaimed 11th place, having dropped to 12th due to results elsewhere, although they are still 18 points adrift of Napoli, who occupy the third and last UEFA Champions League qualifying spot.

Source  FIFA.com


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