AC Milan produced a storming
comeback with goals by Maxi Lopez and Stephan El Shaarawy to win
2-1 at title rivals Udinese on Saturday and move top of Serie A
as their strikers made light of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence.
Juventus' game at Bologna on Sunday is off due to snow and
Milan took full advantage to move two points clear of the Turin
side having fallen behind after 19 minutes in north-east Italy
when Antonio Di Natale's shot deflected in off Thiago Silva.
Lopez, signed from Catania last month after Milan failed to
land Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, netted his first goal
for the champions when he scored on the rebound 12 minutes from
time after coming on as a substitute.
Half Italian, half Egyptian teenager El Shaarawy, starting in
place of the suspended Ibrahimovic, had a hand in Lopez's goal
and then sealed the win himself when he combined with the
Argentine again five minutes from time.
"I'm not just content, I'm really happy because scoring for
this team has always been my dream," Lopez told reporters.
"El Shaarawy is young but he's growing a lot. This group is
strong. Everyone gives their all when they get on the pitch."
Milan, who lost 2-1 at home to Juventus in Wednesday's
Italian Cup semi-final first leg, had failed to win in their
last two league games.
The rot was stopped in style in the end and victory meant
Massimiliano Allegri's side moved to 47 points from 23 matches,
jumping ahead of Juve who have two games in hand. Udinese stayed
fourth and are now six points adrift of Milan.
Cagliari beat fellow mid-table side Palermo 2-1 in
Saturday's other game in Sardinia.
The Parma-Fiorentina game on Sunday has also fallen victim
to the weather but three other matches are due to go ahead with two more scheduled for Monday.
Third-placed Lazio, who have 42 points, came from 2-0 down
to triumph 3-2 at home to Cesena on Thursday in a game brought
forward because Italy's rugby team were using Rome's Stadio
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