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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 10,000) 30th March 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: D Celi

Chievo Chievo vs AC Milan AC Milan

Chievo 0

D Dainelli (S/O 78)


AC Milan 1

R Montolivo (25)

Montolivo bags the points

Last Updated: 30/03/13 8:24pm

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Riccardo Montolivo celebrates his goal

Riccardo Montolivo celebrates his goal

Riccardo Montolivo's first-half goal was enough for AC Milan to take all three points from their Serie A trip to Chievo and sustain their improbable title challenge.

Montolivo decided a game affected by rainy conditions in the 25th minute as the Rossoneri responded to Juventus' 2-1 win at Inter Milan to keep their own bid for the Scudetto alive.

Chievo's woes were compounded by a red card for Dario Dainelli as they ended the day nine points above the drop zone.

The rain, which never stopped falling throughout the 90 minutes, had already started to form puddles when the teams took to the field at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

The stage was set for a scrap and Milan rose to the challenge to keep their slender title hopes alive.

The first chance fell to Chievo in the 15th minute when Cyril Thereau's cross was diverted towards his own goal by Philippe Mexes, but Christian Abbiati was able to keep the ball out with Daniele Bonera clearing his lines.

Thereau then tested Abbiati with a shot which lacked the pace to cause the Milan goalkeeper any problems.

Milan took the lead with practically their first chance of the game.

Mario Balotelli's free-kick was only parried by Christian Puggioni and Montolivo pounced on the loose ball to put the visitors in front.

Another free-kick from Balotelli was spilled by Puggioni, who this time recovered the ball at the second time of asking.

Balotelli renewed his acquaintance with Puggioni three more times from set-pieces outside the area, but the Chievo keeper came out on top each time.

At the other end Luciano had the best chance to bring Chievo level, but his effort was turned over the crossbar by Abbiati.

Dainelli then received his marching orders for a foul on Balotelli on the edge of the penalty area which earned him a second yellow card, although no further punishment arrived from the free-kick as Balotelli was again denied by Puggioni.

One final shot from Balotelli was saved by Puggioni, but a second goal was not required for Milan to move within 11 points of league leaders Juventus.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16