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October 26, 2008

AC Milan got a 1-0 win over Atalanta

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This time it was Kaka the chosen one. He scored the only goal of the game as AC Milan ended an eventful week in positive fashion at Atalanta.

Already this week AC Milan had caught the eye with a 3-1 UEFA Cup win at Heerenveen and made headlines for off-field reasons as they announced they were close to signing David Beckham on a short-term deal for the start of next year.

A move for the British midfielder has been seen by some as a marketing exercise, but there were moments during an error-strewn performance in Bergamo when the Rossoneri could have done with the former England captain's creativity and calming influence.

In the end, Kaka's control and neat finish handed Milan their fifth Serie A win of the season, though it was harsh on Atalanta.

The Bergamaschi had the better chances though, and Cristiano Doni wasted an early opportunity as his header from Sergio Floccari's centre was too weak to trouble Christian Abbiati.

Kaka was as threatening as ever and he beat two defenders after nine minutes before finding Marco Borriello, who scored, only to be denied by the offside flag.

There was a scare for Milan after 19 minutes as the game was delayed with Ronaldinho receiving lengthy medical treatment, but the forward was eventually okay to continue.

Some ragged Milan defending almost let in Doni, but Abbiati claimed, before the Milan keeper kept out Luca Cigarini's effort at the near post.

It brought to an end a half to forget for Milan, who were lucky not to reach the interval a goal down after some sloppy defending.

And there was little change after the break as Abbiati denied Gyorgy Garics within a minute of the restart.

Just four minutes later, Abbiati could not hold Ferreira Pinto's strike and Maldini came to his keeper's rescue, clearing before Floccari could reach the rebound.

Gradually, though, Milan began to assert their superiority, with Ronaldinho supplying an excellent pass for Borriello, who could not find the target.

After 67 minutes, Ronaldinho should have done better with a free-kick, and Kaka was similarly wasteful moments later when his set-piece was easily cleared.

Milan grabbed the initiative after 80 minutes through some individual brilliance from Kaka.

Marek Jankulovski's long ball found Borriello, whose flick found its way to Kaka.

The Brazilian star did well to control, before waiting for Ferdinando Coppola to commit himself and delicately chipping the ball over the sliding keeper.

It was harsh on Atalanta who had been the dominant force for much of the match, but they had little left in the tank to respond.

And Milan held on to seal another Serie A win courtesy of Kaka's brilliance.

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David Beckham made the initial approach to AC Milan

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims David Beckham made the first moves regarding a loan deal with the Italian club.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Beckham is considering a short-term loan switch to the San Siro to maintain his fitness during the MLS off-season.

Beckham has confirmed he is discussing terms with Milan regarding the chance to link up with the likes of Kaka and Ronaldinho in Serie A.

Milan have welcomed the chance to sign the former Manchester United star, with coach Carlo Ancelotti keen to have the England international in his squad.

However, despite Milan's eagerness to agree a deal for the 33-year-old, Galliani insists Beckham's camp made the initial approach.

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Ronaldinho working harder everyday

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The popular Ronaldinho Gaucho got off his mark with a towering header in the Derby della Madonnina to hand the Diavoli an impressive win over city rivals Inter.

And the brazilian player added to his tally on Sunday, tucking away a spot-kick and then exchanging passes with compatriot Kaka before beating Samp keeper Luca Castellazzi with a precise angled strike.

There had been doubts over the past few weeks over his physical condition, seeing as he skipped the summer preparation altogether, due to his involvement with the Brazilian team at the Beijing Olympics, but fitness coach Daniele Tognaccini is reassuring.

"When he first arrived at Milanello, his condition was between 20 and 50 per cent," he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

"This was obviously not enough. The ideal situation to improve your fitness is to play once a week and train regularly during the remaining days.

"I believe that the winter training camp in Dubai will be essential, as he will have metabolized our methods by that time and we will have collected more data about him.

"I am so sure that he will hit peak condition in the new year. After all, his positive attitude is undoubtedly helping the process, as he is always happy and eager to work with the ball."

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