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Milan top as defending champions Inter slip further behind

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal in traditional style as AC Milan beat Brescia 3-0.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal in traditional style as AC Milan beat Brescia 3-0.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • AC Milan beat Brescia 3-0 to go three points clear in Serie A
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores eighth goal of campaign in easy win
  • Lazio beat champions Inter 3-0 Friday night and stay second
  • Inter 10 points adrift in sixth place after latest defeat
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(CNN) -- AC Milan went three points clear at the top of Serie A after easing to a 3-0 win over struggling Brescia at the San Siro on Saturday night.

Kevin Prince Boateng scored his first Milan goal on four minutes, and, in a two-minute spell either side of the half-hour mark, Brazilian Robinho grabbed a fifth and Zlatan Ibrahimovic an eighth goal of the season.

Lazio's 3-1 win over Inter Milan on Friday had seen them join Milan at the top of Serie A, but Milan were never troubled by Brescia, who are winless in 11 games.

It leaves them 10 points clear of defending champions Inter, who are back in sixth after their fourth Serie A defeat of the season under Rafael Benitez.

In an earlier match Saturday, Roma missed the chance to go third after Chievo fought back from a two-goal first-half deficit to draw 2-2.

But there were no such problems for Milan as Ibrahimovic and Massimo Ambrosini combined to set up Boateng from close range.

Robinho then intercepted a backpass by Perparim Hetemaj to score the second and it was soon 3-0 as Ibrahimovic teed himself up to score from the edge of the area.

Milan might have added further goals in the second half through Boateng, Robinho and substitute Ronaldinho but could not increase their advantage.

In Verona, Fabio Simplicio scored twice for Claudio Ranieri's Roma but they were made to pay after the break.

Goalkeeper Julio Sergio fumbled a shot from Davide Moscardelli as Chievo hit back just after the hour.

With seven minutes left Pablo Granoche scored the equalizer before Roma's skipper Daniele De Rossi was sent off for a foul on Moscardelli.

"The pitch made it like a beach soccer match," Roma coach Claudio Ranieri told AFP.

"After 2-0 we couldn't string two passes together on it. I'm just happy nobody was injured."