Milan win despite Ibrahimovic seeing red again

Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:18am GMT

MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan won 2-1 at Fiorentina to stay top of Serie A on Sunday despite striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic being sent off for his second match in a row.

First-half goals from Clarence Seedorf and Alexandre Pato put AC Milan in command before Juan Vargas pulled one back and Ibrahimovic, returning from a two-match ban following his red card at Bari, was dismissed.

Napoli won 2-0 at Bologna to keep up the pressure on Milan and there was more drama at Palermo, who conceded two stoppage time goals against 10-man Cesena and drew 2-2 in coach Delio Rossi's comeback barely a month after he was sacked.

Lazio's 2-0 win over Parma moved them into the Champions League qualifying round spot and Luca Toni struck a late winner to give Juventus a 3-2 win over Genoa to keep alive their hopes of at least making the Europa League next season.

Milan have 68 points from 32 games, three more than Napoli with defending champions Inter Milan, 2-0 winners over Chievo Verona on Saturday, a further two behind in third place.

With only six matches left, Inter look increasingly unlikely to win a sixth successive title.

Napoli, missing topscorer Edinson Cavani, made the most of some slack defending as Giuseppe Mascara and Marek Hamsik, from a penalty, scored in the first half at Bologna.

That win briefly pulled them level with Milan as they attempt to win their first title since 1990, when Diego Maradona was still at the club.

Milan quickly went about restoring their lead at the top in the evening game when they scored in the eighth minute at Fiorentina, Dutchman Seedorf volleying in from Pato's headed pass.   Continued...

<p>AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) is challenged by Fiorentina's Gianluca Comotto during their Italian Serie A soccer match, April 10, 2011. REUTERS/Max Rossi</p>
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