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San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 38,903) 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Massimiliano Irrati

AC Milan AC Milan vs Livorno Livorno

AC Milan 3

M Balotelli (43)
A Taarabt (51)
G Pazzini (83)

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Livorno 0

Three and easy for AC Milan

Last Updated: 19/04/14 4:15pm

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Adel Taarabt enjoys his goal

Adel Taarabt enjoys his goal

AC Milan kept up their push for a place in the Europa League next season with a 3-0 win over struggling Livorno, their fifth win in a row.

Mario Balotelli, Adel Taarabt and Giampaolo Pazzini scored the goals for Clarence Seedorf's men, who remain five points behind city rivals Inter Milan in the hunt for fifth place.

Milan travel to Roma next weekend before hosting Inter in a derby which could prove decisive in the hunt for European football next season, while Livorno could be relegated in their next two games with their survival hopes now hanging by a thread.

A run of four wins in a row has not brought an end to speculation about Seedorf's future as Milan coach, but the Dutchman said on the eve of the game that he was convinced he would be remaining in charge of the club next season.

He had good reason for that conviction too, given the way the Rossoneri started the game, holding possession almost incessantly and parading the ball past Livorno's players.

Kaka curled a first effort wide of the far post before Robinho saw an effort deflected just wide of the near post.

On a rare break, Djamel Mesbah was claiming a penalty when he was fouled by Ignazio Abate, albeit just outside the penalty area. Nothing came of the resulting free-kick.

Milan finally broke the deadlock just two minutes before half-time when Balotelli rose to flick Kevin Constant's left-wing cross into the top right-hand corner.

They doubled their lead early in the second half when Taarabt exchanged passes with Balotelli to gain access into the penalty area, where he settled himself to shoot low into the far corner of Francesco Bardi's goal.

Kaka wasted a good chance to increase Milan's lead midway through the second half as Livorno's search for a route back into the game left them vulnerable to conceding on the break.

Milan continued to threaten a third and, just a minute after substitute Pazzini had missed an easy chance, he latched onto Balotelli's pass and chipped the ball delicately past the onrushing Bardi to seal the points for the Rossoneri with only his second goal of the season.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Inter Milan 32 45
8 Genoa 31 44
9 Torino 31 44
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Udinese 32 38
13 Sassuolo 31 36
14 Chievo 31 36
15 Verona 31 36
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13