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Milan merry after Pirlo pounces

Published: Saturday 5 March 2005, 23.46CET
Andrea Pirlo's late goal gave AC Milan a priceless 2-1 victory at Atalanta BC while Juventus FC won at AS Roma.

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Published: Saturday 5 March 2005, 23.46CET

Milan merry after Pirlo pounces

Andrea Pirlo's late goal gave AC Milan a priceless 2-1 victory at Atalanta BC while Juventus FC won at AS Roma.

By Paolo Corradini

An injury-time goal from Andrea Pirlo gave AC Milan a priceless win at bottom side Atalanta BC that keeps then in a share of the Serie A lead with Juventus FC following their triumph at coach Fabio Capello's former club, AS Roma.

Ambrosini opener
Atalanta had the majority of possession in the first half against Milan and nearly took the lead when a free-kick effort from Antonino Bernardini hit the post. However they made no breakthrough and the visitors eventually went ahead on 74 minutes through a Massimo Ambrosini header.

Pirlo winner
The hosts equalised a minute later thanks to Stephen Makinwa's fourth goal in seven Serie A games. However, Pirlo broke the strugglers' hearts four minutes into injury time when Atalanta goalkeeper Alex Calderoli failed to control a short header from substitute Filippo Inzaghi, was back after a long lay-off. Pirlo picked up the loose ball and left Calderoli helpless with a strike from short range.

Juve lead
Meanwhile, with Capello meeting an unsurprisingly hot reception back at the Stadio Olimpico, Juventus took the lead after eleven minutes when defender Fabio Cannavaro headed in the loose ball after Roma goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli failed to control a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header.

Del Piero penalty
Roma levelled in the 39th minute when Francesco Totti found Antonio Cassano with a fine pass, his angled shot beat Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. But the visitors went ahead again five minutes later when Alessandro Del Piero kept his nerve to convert from the penalty spot after Traianos Dellas brought down Marcelo Zalayeta.

No breakthrough
The home side controlled the second half, but could not fashion a breakthrough and remain five points off the top four in seventh, with the possibility of falling further behind on Sunday when the rest of the fixtures are played.

Last updated: 06/03/05 21.12CET

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