Milan Reigns Shevchenko as Top-Scorer

Published May 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

AC Milan's Andriy Shevchenko scored a penalty shot in their victorious 4-0 win over Udinese Sunday, securing his position as the top scorer in Serie A with 24 goals at the end of his first season in Italy. 

The offence player struck home a first-half spot-kick, after Mohammed Gargo had brought him down, to help Milan secure a spot in the qualifying phase of next season's Champions League. 

Twenty-three year-old Shevchenko, signed from Dynamo Kiev, got off to a flying start when he scored against Leece in the opening day of the season and against Perugia the following weekend. But the highlight came four weeks later scoring a hat-trick in Milan's 4-4 draw with Lazio. 

Shevchenko added another hat-trick in Milan's 3-0 home win over Perugia in January but his most important strikes came when he scored both goals in Milan's 2-0 win over Juventus in March. 

"I am very happy and very tired. It's been a long, hard season, more difficult than I imagined my first Serie A season would be", commented Shevchenko through Reuters, " I didn't set myself a (goal-scoring) target but 24 goals is normal" - (Agencies) 


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