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Milan Beaten by the Beautiful Game

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The European press is in raptures over the crisis at Italian giant AC Milan, writes Roberto Gotta of Soccernet. When the mighty fall, you can count on the press to take pictures and count the number of pieces. This time, that number is four losses in Milan's last five Serie A games; it's now down to the team's board to put on a brave face and pick up the pieces. Gotta points out that Milan was beaten by Roma on Saturday by one of the most beautiful team goals the league has seen in recent seasons. You should check this one out on YouTube: a poor pass from Kaka to Clarence Seedorf was picked off Daniele De Rossi, who poked the ball forward but just behind Alberto Aquilani in the center of midfield. Aquilani, spotting the run of Brazilian winger Mancini down the left, sensed that the only way to deliver a lead pass to the Brazilian was to wrap his right foot around his left so he could reach the ball as it was traveling behind him. His perfect pass found Mancini in space, and the Brazilian then lobbed one-touch ball with his left foot to Francesco Totti, who headed home at the near post. Gotta called Roma's game-winner "a beauty of a goal which I could watch over and over, it embodies the essence of the exquisite skills some of the top players possess, and which make watching this game still worthwhile despite all the dodgy stuff going on in some boardrooms and behind the scenes." The Milanese, of course, protested long and loud after the team's latest defeat, once again bringing up missed calls in older games and mistreatment at the hands of the Italian Olympic Committee. In Italy, the losers will always complain, but the beautiful game beats whining and off-field histrionics every time.

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