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Milan's Scoring Crisis
The Guardian, October 24th, 2006 4:52PM



Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko may be struggling to find goals in his first season at Chelsea, but his struggles are nothing compared to the problems his old club is collectively having in front of goal. Milan, consistently regarded as one of the world's top clubs, has scored just 10 goals in ten matches in all competitions this season, hardly the strike rate of a contender for Serie A's Scudetto. In fact, in its last six matches, Milan has scored an extraordinary two goals, neither of which came from one of the team's strikers. Crisis indeed. Filippo Inzaghi, Alberto Gilardino, Ricardo Oliveira, and to a lesser extent, reserve Marco Boriello, are the men charged with getting goals up front; so far, they have just three between them, and Gilardino is still yet to score. Instead, Milan has had to rely on long-range efforts from the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, and Clarence Seedorf to get goals. The former two were particularly unlucky not to score over the weekend against Palermo, each hitting the opposite post in a matter of 15 seconds in the second half. Palermo was able to capitalize on a pair of errors to down the Rossoneri 2-0 at home, a result that brought the Sicilians to the top of the standings. None of this is positive news for Milan prior to Sunday's derby with Inter, which isn't enjoying the best run of form either. Amazingly, the Palermo loss was Milan's first of the season, as teams aren't scoring against them, either, but the Calciopoli penalty imposed on the club at the start of the season means that Milan sits 14th in the Serie A table, with 4 points. Read the original story...

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