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Italian Serie A

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) 16th December 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Giannoccaro

AC Milan AC Milan vs Pescara Pescara

AC Milan 4

A Nocerino (1)
E Abbruscato (og 50)
Jonathas (og 79)
S El Shaarawy (81)


Pescara 1

C Terlizzi (56)

AC Milan add to Pescara woes

Last Updated: 16/12/12 4:53pm

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Vladimir Weiss is challenged by Mattia De Sciglio

Vladimir Weiss is challenged by Mattia De Sciglio

AC Milan's revival shows no signs of abating as the Rossoneri claimed a 4-1 win at the expense of struggling Pescara, their fourth consecutive Serie A victory .

The Delfini, who have now lost five games from six, might have salvaged a point if they had not contributed two own-goals to Milan's bid for a Champions League place.

Antonio Nocerino proved the Rossoneri are a much-improved outfit from the side that started the season in dismal form as he found the back of the net inside 35 seconds.

Elvis Abbruscato contrived to undo much of Pescara's resilient defensive work with his own-goal before Cristian Terlizzi briefly dragged the visitors back into the game.

But Jonathas ended the game as a contest by heading into his own net in the final stages, leaving Italy striker Stefan El Shaarawy to rubberstamp the victory.

Some fans were still taking their seats when Nocerino opened the scoring with a cool tap in from El Shaarawy's slide-rule pass.

Pescara were taken aback but rallied to go close in the 13th minute, Marco Amelia palming a Romulo Togni screamer around a post.

The hosts would dominate the first half, though, Giampaolo Pazzini first driving a Robinho cross over the crossbar before El Shaarawy forced a fine save from Mattia Perin.

Pazzini went close again, his effort from Mattia De Sciglio's cross rattling out for a corner and soon El Shaarawy tried his luck from distance.

Riccardo Montolivo warmed Perin's gloves once again before the break, but Milan had failed to double their lead.

They were given a helping hand as play resumed, with Abbruscato left shamefaced in the 51st minute as he headed Robinho's cross into his own net under little pressure.

Nevertheless, there was a glimmer of hope for Pescara as Terlizzi found a way past Amelia in the 56th minute, the defender in acres of space to nod the ball home from seven yards.

The visitors were only denied an equaliser by the woodwork as Antonio Balzano fizzed a shot against a post and Cristiano Bergodi's men began to dominate possession.

But when El Shaarawy earned a corner from his ambitious curling shot from distance in the 79th minute, his resulting corner was glanced into the net by Jonathas.

If Pescara had contrived to lose the game then Milan ensured they had authored a memorable victory just one minute later.

Pazzini had the goal within his sights but chose to roll the ball across to El Shaarawy, who tapped home his 14th league goal of the season as Milan closed to within two points of sixth-placed Roma.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7