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RONALDINHO sparkled on his debut but he could not prevent AC Milan slumping to a dismal defeat to Serie A newboys Bologna in their opener at the San Siro.The Brazilian, drafted in along with Andriy Shevchenko to try and restore the Milan giants to the top of the game in Italy, showed glimpses of his world-beating best form.But it was Bologna's big summer buy who grabbed the early headlines.

Much-travelled former Juventus striker Marco Di Vaio put the visitors into a shock lead on 18 minutes when the ball fell kindly to him in the box. Just before the half-hour mark, Ronaldinho could have made himself an instant hit with the Milan fans, but his header from Gianluca Zambrotta's cross was straight at goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli. Ronaldinho was at the centre of everything that was good for Milan however, and it was his cross that Massimo Ambrosini headed home to restore parity on 41 minutes.The Brazilian magician then flicked the ball over the defence for Filippo Inzaghi to run onto but after rounding Antonioli the veteran striker couldn't turn his shot in.After the break it was a similar story, with Ronaldinho teeing up Inzaghi and then second-half substitute Andrei Shevchenko, but neither could beat Antonioli. And those misses proved costly as, with 11 minutes left on the clock, Francesco Valiani let fly with a 25-yard thunderbolt that flew into the roof of Milan's net to give the visitors a memorable win.But coach Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not worried. He said: "Clearly we still need to settle the new players in and try out the tactics. The impression I got is that this team can do great things".Fellow title hopefuls Roma were no less disappointing as they opened with a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Napoli.

The hosts went in front when Alberto Aquilani ran onto a delicate chip over the defence from Daniele De Rossi and took the ball down on his chest before firing home.Despite having Fabian Santacroce sent off on 54 minutes, Napoli were level soon after through Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik.Roma's Brazilian goalkeeper Doni then had to make several smart saves.

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