AC Milan back on top


MILAN — AC Milan returned to the top of Serie A, at least for a night, thanks to an efficient 2-0 win over Cagliari at the Stadio Sant Elia.

It was a one-sided game in Sardinia, although the final result told a different story with Cagliari doing all of the attacking, but Milan taking the spoils by converting two out of four chances.

An own goal from Francesco Pisano in the fourth minute did Milan a favour before Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrapped up the win in the 60th minute of a game otherwise dominated by the home team, who just could not find a goal for all their efforts.

Cagliari began as they meant to go on with Thiago Ribeiro’s shot hitting the outside of the post in the second minute.

Milan’s first attack two minutes later brought the opening goal with Robinho taking the ball past Agazzi and crossing it low into the middle, where Pisano got his foot to it just before Antonio Nocerino, sending the ball into the top corner of his own goal.

It proved to be Milan’s one and only attack of the first half, though, as the home squad dominated the play, but failed to find a goal.

Albin Ekdal’s 30-yard shot was pushed behind by Christian Abbiati in the 14th minute, before Joaquin Larrivey’s effort was saved four minutes later, albeit from an offside position.

It was a similar story early in the second half with Victor Ibarbo sending a free-header straight at Abbiati.