Ronaldo scored two goals and set up
another as AC Milan beat Siena 4-3 to climb to fifth in Serie A on Saturday.
Milan only claimed victory in the final minute of stoppage time when Massimo
Ambrosini headed in from a corner but the dominant figure was three-times FIFA
World Player of the Year Ronaldo, making his first appearance in Milan's
starting line-up since signing from Real Madrid last month.
Milan have 33 points after 23 matches, taking into account their eight-point
penalty for match-fixing, and are 30 points behind leaders Inter Milan, who
racked up their 16th successive Serie A win by beating Cagliari 1-0.
Second-placed AS Roma slipped 14 points behind Inter after losing 1-0 at Empoli.
Ronaldo inspired Milan to a dramatic victory after Siena had pulled themselves
level each time they fell behind, only to succumb to Ambrosini's header in the
The Brazilian opened the scoring in the 15th minute, out-jumping his marker to
nod a Paolo Maldini cross past keeper Alex Manninger.
Midfielder Simone Vergassola equalized four minutes later but Ronaldo conjured
up a defense-splitting pass for strike partner Ricardo Oliveira to restore
Milan's lead just before the half hour.
Siena levelled again, January signing Massimo Maccarone pulling down a cross
before angling a shot past goalkeeper Marco Storari.
Milan's chances of victory dipped in the 77th minute, when midfielder Cristian
Brocchi was sent off for a clumsy challenge on Francesco Cozza.
But three minutes later Ronaldo struck again, tapping in from close range after
a superb solo run and cutback by playmaker Kaka.
Maccarone seemed to have grabbed a point for Siena when he was left unmarked at
the far post to fire in his second goal two minutes from the end.
Milan made it six victories in their last seven Serie A matches, however, thanks
to Ambrosini's last-gasp winner.