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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 40,000) 6th January 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: S Peruzzo

AC Milan AC Milan vs Atalanta Atalanta

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Kaka (35, 65)
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Kaka completes century

Last Updated: 06/01/14 5:51pm

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Kaka netted his 100th goal

Kaka netted his 100th goal

Kaka scored his 100th goal for AC Milan as the Rossoneri secured a confidence-building 3-0 win over Atlanta at the San Siro.

It has so far been a troubled season at the San Siro with coach Massimiliano Allegri confirming last week that this season will be his last at the helm.

But a brace from Kaka and a third from Bryan Cristante gave Milan the perfect start to 2014 with a comfortable victory.

The win was just Milan's second league victory in their last 10 and moved them up to 10th while Atalanta remain in 15th.

Robinho had the first chance of the game as he shot wide from six yards and the Brazilian then tried to set up Alessandro Matri who crossed for Cristante but the 18-year-old could not get the final touch.

Cristante was having a real impact on the game and he hit the bar 14 minutes in.

It was all Milan and Andrea Consigli was forced to save a header from Antonio Nocerino before the home side eventually took the lead after 35 minutes.

Urby Emanuelson provided the through ball and Kaka beat the offside trap to coolly slot home with the side of his foot to bring up his landmark.

During the celebrations the Brazilian was handed a Milan shirt with 100 on the back and he held it aloft to a rapturous San Siro crowd.

Cristian Raimondi saw a well-struck effort for Atalanta hit the post as the half drew to a close and they had a good chance after the interval as German Denis fired over the bar.

The visitors were beginning to apply pressure and thought they had an equaliser in the 53rd minute when Yohan Benalouane applied a low finish but play had been stopped for a foul on Philippe Mexes.

Christian Abbiati was then called on to make an impressive save from Denis and the Argentinian soon went close again as Cristian Zapata blocked his shot on the line.

And the visitors were made to play for not taking their chances as Kaka doubled Milan's lead with 25 minutes to go.

Mario Balotelli supplied a low cross which hit Robinho and fell kindly into the path of Kaka who scored his second from close range.

Just two minutes later it was 2-0 and this time it was all Cristante as the midfielder approached the Atalanta area and hit a low shot from 25 yards which went in off the post.

Balotelli and Kaka both brought further saves from Consigli as the game wound down and Milan eased to a comprehensive victory.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23