By Paolo Corradini
Andriy Shevchenko scored twice as AC Milan won 2-1 at ACF Fiorentina on Saturday to move three points clear of rivals Juventus FC at the top of Serie A.
Fiorentina pressurised early on and went close to breaking the deadlock after eleven minutes when Gianpaolo Pazzini hit the bar with a powerful header. The home side are in a desperate struggle to avoid relegation and they boosted their chances when they made their pressure tell on 25 minutes, Enzo Maresca heading in from close range off Fabrizio Miccoli's corner.
Milan drew level immediately after the break, Shevchenko making no mistake from close range after a low, precise cross from the left by Brazil winger Serginho. Ten minutes later, the Ukraine international scored again, heading in another excellent cross from Serginho.
Leaders hold on
Fiorentina came close to equalising through Miccoli and Pazzini but Milan, without the suspended Paolo Maldini and Kakha Kaldadze, held on. The leaders have 76 points with four games remaining while Juventus, who host Bologna FC on Sunday, are on 73. The two teams play each other next week at the San Siro in a match that could decide the title.
An injury-time header from substitute Rolando Bianchi earned ten-man Cagliari Calcio a 1-1 draw with Reggina Calcio. Giuseppe Colucci fired Reggina ahead with a shot from the edge of the area on 36 minutes, but Cagliari battled back despite being reduced to 10 men in the 55th minute when Antonio Langella was shown a second yellow card. The point takes Cagliari up to ninth on 42 points, with Reggina two points behind.
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