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Milan Vs. Olimpia Update: Robinho Turns On The Style, Fires Italians Ahead 1-0

AC Milan and Olimpia may be playing before a fairly sparse crowd at Gillette Stadium, but that hasn't stopped the Italians from putting on a show. Robinho demonstrated his dazzling dribbling ability and fired the rossoneri ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute.

Milan caught Olimpia on the break, and Antonio Nocerino flicked a pass into the path of Robinho, who dribbled straight at the Olimpia defense. With some quick stepovers at the top of D he cleared himself some space, and then fired a left-footed daisycutter into the bottom right corner, leaving Olimpia goalkeeper Noel Valladares with no chance.

Both Milan and Olimpia fielded strong starting lineups. The Italians elected to start most of their first-choice players including Antonio Cassano, Robinho, Riccardo Montolivo, and highly-touted young striker Stephan El Shaarawy.

Olimpia also presented a number of starters, but elected to leave former MLS golden-boot winner and MVP Luciano Emilio on the bench, though he is available to feature as a substitute.


Olimpia: Valladaers; Beckeles, Palacios, de Souza, Garcia, C.W. Mejia, Bruschi, Cordova, Tilguath; Caetano, Elvir

Bench: Izaguirre, Emilio, Escalante, J.R. Mejia, Reina, Rojas, Arevalo, Portillo

Milan: Amelia; Abate, Bonera, Acerbi, Antonini; Nocerino, Montolivo, Constant; Cassano, Robinho, El Shaarawy

Bench: Abbiati, Pazzagli, De Sciglio, Mesbah, Flamini, Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Cristante, Valoti, Porsenik, Yepes