Honda drives home AC Milan's advantage

Japan international scores a brace in Milan's win over Verona in Series A, while Lazio seal third straight victory.

    Honda (10) has joined Tevez at the top of the scorers' list [REUTERS]
    Honda (10) has joined Tevez at the top of the scorers' list [REUTERS]

    Keisuke Honda scored in either half to take his tally to six as AC Milan won 3-1 at Hellas Verona in Serie A.

    Verona gifted Milan the lead in the 21st when an attempted clearance went horribly wrong and Marques sliced Ignazio Abate's cross into his own net.

    Honda doubled Milan's lead shortly afterwards when he drove home Stephan El Shaarawy's cross-field pass.

    The Japanese international bagged his second of the game 11 minutes into the second half when he latched onto a long through ball from Adil Rami before drilling it into the bottom left corner.

    Nico Lopez scored a consolation for Verona three minutes from time but defender Rafa Marquez was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card to compound the home side's misery.

    In other games, Lazio survived strong Fiorentina pressure to come away with a 2-0 victory, the club's third consecutive Serie A win.

    Antonio Candreva set up both goals for Filip Djordjevic and Senad Lulic as Lazio moved provisionally into sixth place, two points behind AC Milan.

    Sampdoria remained third despite squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Cagliari, while Palermo beat fellow promoted side Cesena 2-1.

    Also, Torino beat Udinese 1-0 and Atalanta defeated Parma by the same scoreline.

    SOURCE: AP


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