MILAN - Diego Milito put a forgettable
month behind him by grabbing his first goals of the season to
send champions Inter Milan clear at the top of Serie A with a
4-0 romp over Bari on Wednesday.
Former Inter hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic also grabbed his first
league goal for AC Milan before Sergio Floccari equalised to
seal a 1-1 draw for hosts Lazio in the fourth round of matches.
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Milan have only won once in the league this campaign but
last season's runners-up AS Roma have yet to gain three points
at all after a 2-1 defeat at promoted high-fliers Brescia where
goalkeeper Julio Sergio was forced to play on despite injury.
Inter have also been less than fluent in their early games
with Argentina's Milito, the goalscoring architect of their
treble triumph last term, especially struggling for form.
However, the forward rediscovered his touch after 27 minutes
when he nodded in Samuel Eto'o's cross at a relieved San Siro.
Strike partner Eto'o, who in contrast to Milito has sparkled
this term after a quiet first season at Inter, then fired in two
penalties after the break following Marco Rossi's handball and a
foul on Lucio by Emanuel Rivas.
Milito had the final say when he finished off a late counter
attack to crush Bari, who had struck the woodwork through Sergio
Almiron in the first minute.
Inter, who lost defender Walter Samuel to injury, lead the
standings on 10 points and next travel to Roma on Saturday after
the Serie A players' strike was suspended.
It could be the perfect time for Inter to meet their main
rivals for the title in recent years after winless Roma slipped
to their second defeat of the fledgling campaign.
A Perparim Hetemaj strike and Andrea Caracciolo's
65th-minute penalty after Philippe Mexes was dismissed for a
foul put third-placed Brescia ahead before Marco Borriello
pulled one back and Adriano went close to an equaliser.
Roma keeper Julio Sergio then seriously injured his leg in
stoppage when making a challenge he was booked for but with all
substitutes used he was forced to play on in tears of agony.
Milan have almost made as bad a start as Roma under new
coach Massimiliano Allegri and they lacked width at Lazio with
Kevin Prince Boateng forced to play as part of a front three
with Alexandre Pato injured and Robinho not fully fit.
Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock in the second half with a
classy finish from Clarence Seedorf's pass but Floccari cleverly
netted at the near post after a cross from the superb Hernanes.
Chievo moved back up to second with a 3-1 win at enigmatic
Napoli, promoted Cesena's strong start ended with a 2-0 defeat
at Catania and Udinese are still without a point after a 2-1
loss at Bologna.
Juventus host Palermo in Thursday's only game.
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