Milan Step It Up To 5th Gear.
The diavoli couldn't have asked for a better start to the New Year as they crushed Genoa 5-2, seeing stellar performances by Borriello, Ronaldinho and Pirlo, while the return of Beckham grabbed most of the attention and for the Grifoni David Suazo's debut for the side left the fans feeling confident.
The rossoneri could have taken the lead early on as Borriello's flick forced Marco Amelia to make a highly impressive save, undoubtedly scaring the Genoa defence. Moments later Massimo Ambrosini came charging into the box and tripped over Biava's foot resulting in a harsh penalty. Though justice was served as Ronaldinho missed from the spot.
In a reversal of fortune Genoa cracked open the deadlock as Guiseppe Sculli headed in the ball past Dida causing concern of a rocky Milan returning. However the concern was short lived as Amrbosini, once again, one a penalty after being brought down by Amelia who was trying to get a hold of Borriello's ball.
Ronaldinho coolly knocked it to the back on his second try of the evening and the rossoneri were back on track. It was just before the break that Leonardo's men grabbed a hold of the game as the ball ping-ponged its way around the box for it to finally hit the back of the net from Thiago Silva. The Brazilian scoring his second goal of the season and continuing his impressive form.
After the restart the goal fest continued. Borriello latched on to Antonini's ball to tap it in to the back of the net, scoring against the team who made him the player he is today. Though he was not done yet! He came back to haunt the Grifoni as he scissor-kicked in his second goal. With this impressive form Borriello undoubtedly is continuing to increase his chances of making it to South Africa in June for the world cup.
In rare circumstances a third penalty was given and once to the rossoneri. Ronaldinho stepped up and gave the ball to Beckham, who had since moved into the replaced Pirlo's position, who then decided to give it to the young Huntelaar. The Dutchman took it with ease as he extended Milan's lead to 5-1. The ex-Real Madrid man thanking Beckham for this opportunity.
Nevertheless, Genoa were determined to at least bring their goal difference down as new recruit Suazo found his scoring feet again. His fierce left footed strike left Dida helpless 5-2.
The rossoneri clearly demonstrated that they mean business but it is against Juventus on Sunday where the real test lies. With worries over Pato, Zambrotta and Seedorf's fitness the rossoneri will have to prepare thoroughly.