Soccer – Ronaldo double fires AC Milan ahead of United clash

A Ronaldo double fired AC Milan to a 3-1 Serie A win over Cagliari at the San Siro on Saturday as the Italian side warmed up in style for next week`s Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.

Goals from the Brazilian in either half and a late free kick from Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo gave AC Milan a four-point cushion in fourth place, AFP reported.

Carlo Ancelotti rested many of the players who are expected to start against Manchester United.


A Ronaldo double fired AC Milan to a 3-1 Serie A win over Cagliari at the San Siro on Saturday as the Italian side warmed up in style for next week`s Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.

Goals from the Brazilian in either half and a late free kick from Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo gave AC Milan a four-point cushion in fourth place, AFP reported.

Carlo Ancelotti rested many of the players who are expected to start against Manchester United.

Ronaldo`s opening goal on 14 minutes was not without controversy with the Sardinians protesting a tackle by Cafu on Cristiano Del Grosso, but the referee waved play on, allowing the Brazilian to tap in.

There was no arguing with his second after 69 minutes, though, Ronaldo scoring with his chest from a Cafu centre.

With seven goals in 10 matches, the Brazilian, who cannot compete in the Champions League because he has already played this season with Real Madrid, has more than met expectations since his winter transfer.

Pirlo rounded off the scoring with 10 minutes to go with a free kick ending the hopes of Cagliari who six minutes earlier had pulled one back through a penalty converted by Suazo.

“I was particularly delighted with Pirlo`s free kick because it allowed us to finish off a tie which we allowed them back into. We have to be on our guard at all times,” said Ancelotti.

“Since the winter break, thanks to the return of key players (from injury) and the arrival of Ronaldo, we`ve improved considerably,” said the Milan coach.

“The determination of the team to fight back has also played an important role in this.”

Thanks to their fourth straight success, the Milan outfit have fulfilled their aim of reaching the coveted fourth and final qualifying spot for the Champions League next season and are just a point behind third-placed Lazio who host seventh-placed Fiorentina on Sunday.

Earlier, two late goals gave Sampdoria a 3-1 win at home against
relegation-threatened Messina.

Reto Ziegler scored the opener after 13 minutes and created the second for Daniele Franceschini seven minutes from time after Christian Rigano had levelled for Messina after 54 minutes.

Gennaro Delvecchio claimed Sampdoria`s third in the final minute, seeing them move to within two points of Fiorentina.

Inter Milan, meanwhile, will be gunning to get back to winning ways and for AS Roma to slip up to finally seal the Serie A title on Sunday at Siena.

Inter`s bid to claim their second straight Scudetto was put on hold midweek when a 3-1 loss to second-placed Roma at the San Siro ended their season-long unbeaten run.

After back-to-back draws against Palermo and relegation-threatened Reggina, the champions campaign seems to be stuttering.

But with a 13-point advantage on Roma, and six games remaining, Roberto Mancini`s men can wrap up the title this weekend if they beat Siena in Tuscany and Roma lose at Lombardy outfit Atalanta.

“The important thing is to win. We`ve created this myth of 100 points and if Inter don`t achieve this, then it`s seen as a failure … But that`s not what is important,” said Mancini, whose side have 81 points.

“The most important thing is to win the Scudetto.”(*)

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