AC Milan wins match

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Andriy Shevchenko netted two second-half goals to rally 10-man AC Milan to a 2-1 win at Lazio.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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Andriy Shevchenko netted two second-half goals to rally 10-man AC Milan to a 2-1 win at Lazio, lifting the defending league champion closer to the top of the Serie A standings. The Milan powerhouse, coming off a 2-1 home upset by lowly Messina in the previous round, piled up seven points, three short of league leader Juventus, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Serie A newcomer Palermo on Saturday. AC Milan, owned by premier Silvio Berlusconi, seemed doomed yesterday when midfielder Massimo Ambrosini was ejected in the 53rd minute for hitting an opponent with Lazio leading 1-0 on a first-half goal by Portugal defender Fernando Couto. Instead, Milan kept pressing on the attack and Shevchenko made it 1-1 in the 70th from an angled position off a corner kick. Four minutes later, the Ukrainian striker beat two defenders and scored the game-winner with a powerful drive past goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi. It was Sheva's third goal in the current season. "It was the victory of the whole team. We never give up," said Shevchenko, the top league scorer last season. "The ejection of Ambrosini gave us the charge that we missed in the first half," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. In the closing minutes Jon Dahl Tomasson and Andrea Pirlo squandered two easy chances for Milan's third goal. The other Milan team, Inter Milan, needed two late goals within 10 minutes by its Nigerian teenage striker Obafemi Martins to clinch a 2-2 home draw against Parma. (AP)

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