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Pato scores 2 as AC Milan beats Chievo Verona 3-1

 AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, left, celebrates with his teammate forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, after scoring during a Serie A soccer matc...
 AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, right, reacts after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Mil...
 AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sat...
 AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato shoots to score during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sa...

Italy Soccer Serie A

AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, left, celebrates with his teammate forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, after scoring during a Serie A soccer matc...

Italy Soccer Serie A

AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, right, reacts after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Mil...

Italy Soccer Serie A

AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato, right, scores during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sat...

Italy Soccer Serie A

AC Milan Brazilian forward Pato shoots to score during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sa...

AC Milan beat Chievo Verona 3-1 to take the provisional lead in Serie A on Saturday.
Milan was top with 14 points, one ahead of Lazio and three of Inter Milan. Both teams play on Sunday.
Alexandre Pato scored twice in partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Milan a deserved two-goal lead at the break.
Chievo fought back in the second, but found the net only when Ibrahimovic conceded an own goal from a corner in the 70th minute.
As Chievo pushed for an equalizer, Robinho broke away to net his first goal for Milan.
Both sides enjoyed numerous chances, but Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati and Chievo's Stefano Sorrentino played well.
"I'm coming back after injury and I have played for the Brazil team and then today with Milan," Pato said. "I'm delighted to have played and to have scored, but overall I'm happy that Milan won.
"I have to do what I have to do to help the team because if we play well, then we will score and tonight was an excellent win."
Milan took the lead in the 18th. Ibrahimovic crossed from the left and Pato volleyed home.
Chievo then wasted two good openings to equalize. First Abbiati pushed Pablo Granoche's header wide and then in the 28th he made a double save from Kevin Constant.
Pato made Chievo pay immediately when he scored his second two minutes later. Ibrahimovic took a quick free kick and Pato fired past Sorrentino from just inside the area.
Shortly before halftime Sorrentino denied Pato a hat trick after Ibrahimovic again set the 21-year-old free behind Chievo's defense.
Milan defender Thiago Silva was stretched off midway the second period, but is expected to be fit for Milan's Champions League encounter with Real Madrid in midweek.
"I was worried when Thiago was injured," Pato said. "When he went off I went to see how he was. I am happy to say he wasn't worried about it."
Chievo pulled a goal back in the 70th when the ball flicked off Ibrahimovic's shoulder and past Abbiati from a corner.
Robinho wrapped up the win in injury time by rounding Sorrentino and prodding the ball into the empty net.


Updated : 2021-10-26 16:29 GMT+08:00