David Beckham scored his first goal in an AC Milan shirt as the Rossoneri romped to a 4-1 victory against 10-man Bologna in
Bologna started brightly and took the lead early on through a Marco Di Vaio penalty after Christian Amoroso was brought down following an excellent mazy run.
Sadly for the home side it was a lead that only lasted four minutes – Clarence Seedorf finished clinically on 13 after Bologna keeper Francesco Antonioli could only parry aÃ‚Â fierce Kaka strike into the Dutchman’s path.
Five minutes later and the visitors were awarded a fairly soft penalty when Gianluca Zambrotta was adjudged to have been fouled just inside the box. Kaka – playing for the first time since the Manchester City transfer saga – smashed home the spot-kick in emphatic fashion to put Milan 2-1 up.
And it was the Brazilian that bagged AC’s third with a stunning 25-yard left-footed effort three minutes before the break. The goal had come just moments after Bologna’s Gaby Mudingayi was dismissed for a second bookable offence by referee Paolo Tagliavento.
Kaka was brilliant throughout the game, and his performance will have served as a reminder for AC Milan fans of how lucky they are to have a player of such quality, so committed to their club.
Visibly suffering from being a man down, Bologna were comprehensively outplayed in the second half. Beckham got himself on the scoresheet on the hour mark with a superb right-foot finish from close range after Seedorf slid a crafty ball into his path.
The home side will be relieved they did not concede more as Alexandre Pato and substitute, Filippo Inzaghi came close on a number of occasions. Ronaldinho was also given a run-out with a quarter of an hour left to play. There were moments of true attacking brilliance from Milan in the second half, as the home side struggled to keep up with the fast-paced passing of Milan’s superstars.
But Bologna’s second-half damage limitation tactics paid off and they escaped the rest of the match unscathed.
Beckham’s attacking contribution throughout the game was hugely impressive, playing a number high quality cross-field passes with piercing accuracy. And so his third game for Milan will be one to remember for the 33-year-old: his first goal and a third start in as many games. Not many would have predicted he would simply walk into AC’s starting line-up.
Bologna: 1 – Di Vaio 9 (pen)
AC Milan: 4 – Seedorf 13, Kaka 17 (pen), Kaka 43, Beckham 60
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