Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Gilardino goal keeps AC Milan revival on track
MILAN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - AC Milan continued their climb up the Serie A table with a 1-0 win at struggling Reggina on Wednesday thanks to Alberto Gilardino's header.
The European champions endured a poor first half of the
season but are now up to sixth following their fourth league win
in five matches this month.
Gilardino, who partnered Brazilian teenager Pato upfront,
was unmarked when he nodded in Andrea Pirlo's cross on 18
minutes to notch his seventh of the league campaign.
Milan could have scored more with Pirlo rattling the bar
with a free kick and rare starter Emerson going close, while
Reggina rarely threatened at the other end where Australian
keeper Zeljko Kalac was preferred to Dida.
The match was postponed from December when Milan won the
Club World Cup in Japan.
Carlo Ancelotti's men, seven points behind fourth-placed
Fiorentina and 20 adrift of leaders Inter Milan, host Livorno in
another game in hand on Feb. 13 after facing Fiorentina on
Sunday and Siena the weekend after.