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Italian Serie A

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 49,000) 11th November 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Romeo

AC Milan AC Milan vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

AC Milan 1

G Pazzini (59)

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Fiorentina 3

A Aquilani (10)
B Valero (38)
M El Hamdaoui (87)

No home comforts for Milan

Last Updated: 11/11/12 4:22pm

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Dejection for AC Milan

Dejection for AC Milan

AC Milan's mini-revival came to an abrupt end as Fiorentina inflicted a fourth home defeat of the Serie A season on Massimiliano Allegri's hapless side, running out 3-1 winners.

Following a dismal start to the season, things were finally starting to look rosier for the Rossoneri after a thumping victory over Chievo saw them climb into the top half of the table last week.

But Alexandre Pato failed to peg back Vincenzo Montella's Viola before the break, missing a penalty after Alberto Aquilani managed to open his goalscoring account for the Tuscans.

Borja Valero then beat Christian Abbiati to give Fiorentina a two-goal lead but substitute Giampaolo Pazzini hit back on the hour mark to give Milan hope.

But there was ultimately no way back for a toothless Milan side when Mounir El Hamdaoui made the visitors' points safe at the death with a long-range screamer.

Aquilani and Riccardo Montolivo were facing their old clubs for the first time, but it was the Viola's summer signing that hurt his former employers after 10 minutes.

Respectful celebrations followed as Aquilani appeared out of nowhere to burst into the box and slam the ball past a surprised Abbiati.

Milan almost hit back immediately, Urby Emanuelson denied only by a sliding tackle, before Facundo Roncaglia spurned a solid opportunity at the other end.

The Fiorentina defender had his head in his hands, though, when his clumsy challenge on Pato won Milan a penalty in the 34th minute.

But the Brazilian striker neglected to level the game, instead blasting the ball high over the bar and into the upper tiers.

And Fiorentina ensured their hosts would be jeered off at half-time as Valero bobbed and weaved into the box to beat Abbiati with ease.

Philippe Mexes had perhaps been to blame for failing to contain Valero but the Frenchman set up the Rossoneri's response as play resumed.

Stephan El Shaarawy drilled a cross into the Fiorentina box, Mexes instinctively backheeling the ball against a post for Pazzini - who replaced Pato at the break - to steer home the wild rebound.

Allegri soon threw on Robinho in search of a quickfire equaliser, but midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng came closer to levelling the scores with a drive that Roncaglia did well to deflect away.

Mattia Cassani might have only found a post having been one-on-one with Abbiati, but El Hamdaoui ensured a 3-1 victory for Fiorentina with his unsaveable bending drive two minutes from time.

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Table

Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10