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Honda on target as AC Milan move into quarters Napoli, Siena advance

ROME, Jan 16, (RTRS): AC Milan got off to a winning start in front of new boss Clarence Seedorf with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Spezia at the San Siro to move into the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup on Wednesday. Keisuke Honda was among goals on his AC Milan debut, scoring the third with a tap-in on 47 minutes after a Robinho header and Giampaolo Pazzini’s volley effectively ended the contest in the space of three first-half minutes. Nicola Ferrari gave the boisterous 7,000 travelling Spezia fans something to cheer about with an stoppage-time consolation goal. Seedorf arrived at the San Siro to applause from home fans to see his new club bounce back from the humiliating Serie A defeat to Sassuolo at the weekend that cost former coach Massimiliano Allegri his job.


Seedorf’s Milan will host Udinese in the quarter finals next Wednesday knowing the Italian Cup could be their only route into Europe after a woeful start to the season. They are currently in 11th place in Serie A, 10 points behind local rivals Inter Milan in fifth. Napoli controversially beat Atalanta 3-1 to follow Milan into the last eight. Giuseppe De Luca gave Atalanta a shock lead at the San Paolo stadium in the 13th minute when he pounced to tap in the opener at the end of a lightning quick counter attack, only for Jose Callejon to equalise a minute later with a stunning volley from a tight angle. Napoli took the lead with a bizarre Lorenzo Insigne goal in the 72nd minute which led to furious protests from the away side and resulted in livid Atalanta defender Mario Yepes being sent off. A chipped pass aimed at a clearly offside Gonzalo Higuain struck Christian Del Grosso on the back while he was looking towards the referee’s assistant pleading for the flag to be raised and ricocheted to Insigne, who rolled home the second.


After the protests died down Callejon sealed a last eight clash with Lazio with 10 minutes left when he met Gokhan Inler’s drilled long pass with another sublime volleyed finish. Siena have a Tuscan derby with Fiorentina to look forward to after coming back from a fourth minute Sebastian Leto strike to hammer Serie A’s bottom side Catania 4-1 in Sicily. Goals from Michele Paolucci and Francesco Valiani put the Serie B side ahead before Nico Pulzetti and Valerio Rosseti struck in stoppage time to outrage the home fans in a sparsely populated Stadio Angelo Massimino.


Meanwhile, AC Milan’s new coach Clarence Seedorf signed his contact on Thursday before taking charge of his first training session, the Serie A club said. The 37-year-old Dutchman, who has no previous coaching experience, led his first practice sessions in the afternoon, Milan reported on the club website (www.acmilan.it). Earlier, he met chief executive Adriano Galliani to sign a contract until the end of the 2015/16 season. The Dutchman immediately abandoned his playing career to accept the offer. He inherited a side languishing in 11th place in Serie A with only five wins all season, although they are the only Italian team still in the Champions League. Many fans have blamed the crisis on the club’s confused transfer policy, rather than Allegri, and there is widespread doubt as to whether Seedorf, who spent 10 years of his playing career at Milan, can turn the situation around. His first match in charge will be at home to Hellas Verona on Sunday (1945).

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