Antonio Nocerino scored after 35 seconds, but Milan ultimately beat Pescara 4-1 thanks to two own goals.
The Rossoneri were climbing up the table after three consecutive victories and expected to maintain their 100 per cent Serie A home record against Pescara. The Delfini’s confidence received a boost with last week’s win over Siena, though Manuele Blasi, Uros Cosic, Simone Romagnoli, Giuseppe Colucci and Emanuel Cascione missed out. Alexandre Pato, Daniele Bonera and Nigel De Jong were sidelined, but Riccardo Montolivo and Luca Antonini were again available. Marco Amelia was picked ahead of Christian Abbiati in goal.
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The game had barely kicked off when the ball was already in the back of the net after 35 seconds. Montolivo’s through ball found Stephan El Shaarawy, who rolled across for Antonio Nocerino to tap in at the back post.
Amelia had to palm a Romulo Togni screamer round the base of the upright, then Giampaolo Pazzini redirected a Robinho shot over the bar. Mattia Perin did well to turn El Shaarawy’s effort round the post – the pair are friends thanks to their time together in the Genoa youth academy. Perin also controlled a Montolivo volley.
Milan had penalty appeals for a potential handling offence, but the referee waved play on. Pescara were still in this game and after the restart Bjarnason’s header tested Amelia.
The Rossoneri were gifted their second goal, as Robinho’s cross was turned into his own net by a diving Elvis Abbruscato header.
Pescara got themselves back into the running, as a free kick was whipped into the box for Christian Terlizzi’s free header from seven yards.
It was almost 2-2 for the Delfini, who were only denied an equaliser by the base of the upright, as Amelia watched Antonio Balzano’s screamer whizz past him.
Pazzini had a free header from five yards, but completely missed contact with Nocerino’s cross, though Pescara were now pouring forward and Amelia caught Bjarnason’s fierce drive.
El Shaarawy’s splendid curler was deflected out for a corner by Terlizzi. From that set play, El Shaarawy’s corner was nodded into his own net by Jonathas – the second Pescara own goal of the day.
El Shaarawy did get his name on the scoresheet soon after, tapping in as Pazzini rolled across the six-yard box.
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