Milan were utterly dominant to crush Chievo 4-0 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brace breaking through the 100 Serie A goals mark.
The Rossoneri were impressed with their performance in the Champions League midweek, even though they lost 3-2 to Barcelona, but lost Christian Abbiati and Alessandro Nesta to injury, so Mario Yepes faced his former club. They had won six of their last eight Serie A games and welcomed giant-killers Chievo. Both Ibrahimovic and Sergio Pellissier were looking for their 100th top flight goal.
Ibra was in no mood to waste time, as within 50 seconds he had unleashed a screamer that smacked against the crossbar.
Stefano Sorrentino rushed off his line to charge down Alberto Aquilani from an Ibrahimovic through ball.
It was all Milan and they broke the deadlock after eight minutes. Kevin-Prince Boateng feinted a cross, but instead rolled it back for the on-rushing Thiago Silva’s precise daisy-cutter from outside the box into the far bottom corner. It was a particularly special moment for the defender, who was wearing the captain’s armband.
Chievo threatened with a free kick that Marco Amelia rushed out to parry Pellissier’s effort with his legs.
However, Ibrahimovic scored his Serie A Century with a smart almost powerful chip over the goalkeeper from the D, as he had two defenders in front of him and with very little backlift booted it under the bar. It was his 100th Serie A goal in 196 games.
Davide Mandelli picked up an injury and limped off for Francesco Acerbi. Luca Antonini pounced on a loose ball and it was charged down by a shoulder from point-blank range.
From that corner, Milan made it 3-0. Aquilani’s snapshot from the D was deflected into the path of Alexandre Pato, who couldn’t miss seven yards out from an open goal.
Chievo finally created a chance on 42 minutes, as American international Michael Bradley’s smart volley skimmed the far post with Amelia beaten.
However, moments later Pato dribbled into the box and was knocked over from behind by Luciano. Ibrahimovic confidently buried the penalty by smacking it into the top corner.
Within 50 seconds of the restart, the Swede had threatened a hat-trick with his fierce finish thumping the bar.
Pellissier had the ball in the net, but only after he was caught marginally offside. Pato turned his man, but Sorrentino smothered at his feet, while Amelia grabbed Pellissier’s deflected free kick and a swerving late Hetemaj strike.
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