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01/06/2014
 

Brazilian forward Kaka boosted his World Cup hopes by scoring his 100th and 101st goals for AC Milan in a welcome 3-0 win over Atalanta at the San Siro on Monday.


Kaka is one of several Europe-based stars hoping to nail a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad and did his chances a world of good with two well-taken goals that helped move struggling Milan up three places to 10th. Mario Balotelli started on the bench with Alessandro Matri spearheading the attack in Massimiliano Allegri's preferred 4-3-2-1 formation, which also featured midfielder Bryan Cristante.


Cristante, making only his second senior appearance, marked the occasion by scoring Milan's third in the 67th minute to virtually secure what was only Milan's second win in their past 10 games and fifth of the campaign. Before then, Kaka led the charge, scoring his 100th goal for Milan after collecting a pass deep on the left of the area to turn and beat Andrea Consigli with an angled strike at the keeper's far post.


Matri made way for Balotelli just before the hour mark and the Italy striker played a role in Kaka's second, holding off defender Giulio Migliaccio deep on the right to cross for Robinho. When the ball bobbled in front of the unmarked Brazilian, Kaka promptly took possession to smash the ball past Consigli from close range.

 
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11/29/2013
 

Juventus's new found lead of Italy's Serie A faces its first test when the champions host Udinese on Sunday four days after a morale-boosting Champions League win. Juventus took the league lead for the first time last week after Roma, who had set a new Serie A record of 10 opening wins, slumped to a third consecutive draw.


After securing a 3-1 win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday to relaunch their bid for a place in the last 16 in Europe, Juve seem to have finally turned the corner following a less than spectacular start to the season.


Udinese sit in mid-table having won only five of their 13 games, but veteran striker Antonio di Natale believes that after positive performances in a 1-0 defeat to Catania and, notably, last week's 1-0 home win over Fiorentina, they can force a result in Turin.


"Our game is improving and we showed that against Fiorentina and Catania," said Di Natale. "It's not going to be easy in Turin, but we'll stick to our gameplan and see how we go."


Udinese forward Thomas Heurtaux, who scored the winner against Fiorentina last week, is fit to start but the Zebrette -- who like Juve also play in black and white -- will be without Colombian Luis Muriel, still sidelined with injury.


Juventus, meanwhile, could decide to give Fabio Quagliarella a start after the striker, who was an unused substitute in Wednesday's win, scored a hat-trick in an 8-1 friendly win over Serie D side Derthona on Thursday. Conte, however, will have to do without Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, who is suspended, and is still without injured Swiss winger Stephan Lichsteiner.



 
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