Milan take a step closer to the Champions League after Pescara rout
AC Milan took a step closer to sealing third place in the Serie A and a step closer to the Champions League by beating Pescara 4-0.
A Mario Balotelli brace and one apiece from Sulley Muntari and Mathieu Flamini put AC Milan within sight of Champions League football next season.
Milan started the match knowing that three points would reinforce their grip on third place, which offers a qualifying round place in Europe's premier club competition.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri, however, said: "We only have two games left now and it's up to us to protect this lead.
"But we all know that anything can happen in football. We have to stay focused."
Balotelli set the tone for what was a one-sided performance on the sunny Adriatic coast by smacking the crossbar in the second minute.
Robinho sent a long cross over from the right wing and Ghanaian midfielder Muntari was allowed time and space to run in and send a bouncing effort over the head of Perrin.
Flamini was given another rare start by Allegri following his goal-scoring exploits in a 4-2 win over Catania two weeks ago, and when Robinho pounced on a blunder by defender Luciano Zauri, the Frenchman was on hand to slot the Brazilian's pass into the net.
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