Beckham scores first goal in Italy
as AC Milan tops Bologna
David Beckham scored his first goal in Italy on Sunday in AC Milan`s 4-1 win over Bologna, and Kaka added two more to keep the team in touch with Juventus and Inter Milan AP via USA Today.
Beckham scored his first goal since joining Milan on loan in the 60th minute after being put into space by Alexandre Pato.
"To score my fist goal is great and I will keep this shirt, but the important thing is we won here today," Beckham said. "I think we played well, even when they went down to 10 men, we still played our game."
Beckham is about halfway through a three-month loan at Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy. He is to return to Major League Soccer on March 9.
"The future? We`ll have to see," Beckham said. "I want to enjoy my time with AC Milan, like I`ve always said. It`s a fantastic experience and I`m having a great time."
The win gave Milan 40 points in third place. Juventus, which beat Fiorentina 1-0 Saturday, has 43 points — the same as Inter Milan ahead of its game against Sampdoria later Sunday. Genoa is fourth with 36 points after its 1-1 draw with Catania.
Marco Di Vaio gave Bologna the lead over Milan with his 15th goal of the season, converting from the penalty spot after Paolo Maldini brought down Christian Amoroso.
Clarence Seedorf quickly brought Milan level, turning in a rebound after goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli had saved a shot from Kaka.
Kaka then scored a penalty in the 17th and added a long range strike before halftime. He was given a standing ovation by Milan`s fans when he was taken off 20 minutes before the end.
Roma faced few problems at Napoli and moved into the European qualification places for the first time this season with a 3-0 win.
Central defenders Philippe Mexes and Juan scored near identical headers from David Pizarro crosses and they were untroubled throughout the match by Napoli`s strike pair of Marcelo Zalayeta and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Roma`s Mirko Vucinic sealed the result in the second half, capitalizing on hesitation in Napoli`s defense to score from Alberto Aquilani`s through pass.
"It`s an important victory. It was difficult, a stadium where few teams have won. No one except for us last year," Roma captain Daniele De Rossi said. "Also the other teams` results have been good for us.
"If we had come here at the start of the season we would probably have taken a couple of blows, but we are a good team and when we are in good condition we can win anywhere."
In Rome, Lazio made a perfect start when captain Tommaso Rocchi put them ahead in the third minute. However, that spurred Cagliari into action and they hit back with four goals before halftime.
Brazilian striker Jeda quickly put Cagliari into the lead and attacking partner Robert Aquafreca held his nerve to score from the penalty spot after Lazio goalkeeper Juan Carrizo had brought down Michele Fini.
Just before halftime, Alessandro Matri added the fourth.
In the second half, both Rocchi and Mauro Zarate missed penalties and substitute Fabio Firmani was sent off for taking his protests too far.
After the match, Lazio coach Delio Rossi did little to hide his anger, saying his team deserved their supporters` whistling as they walked off the field.
"Taking nothing away from Cagliari`s great performance, Lazio simply weren`t there," Rossi said. "We gave away four goals and it could have been double if they didn`t make mistakes."
Also Sunday, it was: Lecce 3, Torino 3; Palermo 3, Udinese 2; and Siena 1, Atalanta 0.