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Shevchenko, Inzaghi bury the hatchet?

ROME, Sept 15 (Reuters) - AC Milan striker Andrei Shevchenko has paid an unaccustomed tribute to team mate Filippo Inzaghi, after both men hit the target in their side's 2-1 win over Bologna at the weekend.

The result sent out an encouraging signal before Tuesday's Champions League clash with Ajax at the San Siro stadium.

'I'm delighted that Pippo scored on Saturday and for the national side. Once he gets going, nobody can stop him,' Shevchenko was quoted as saying on Milan's official website on Monday.

Inzaghi's goal against Bologna brought his tally to five in eight days following a hat-trick in a Euro 2004 qualifier against Wales and another in Italy's 1-1 draw with Serbia & Montenegro.

Inzaghi and Shevchenko have not always enjoyed a harmonious relationship with periods of goalscoring form for one often coinciding with fallow times for the other.

Midway through last season, Italy's sports press questioned whether the two were compatible and carried reports of rifts between them.

After beating Bologna, however, the Ukraine international was full of praise for Inzaghi.

'Only he could have scored that goal (against Bologna). It was difficult but he did well to turn, beat the defender and put the ball away. It's important for the team that he stays fit,' said Shevchenko.

With his strikers hitting form up front, the only puzzle for Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti remains who to play behind them. Portuguese playmaker Rui Costa's anonymous performance against Bologna led to an early substitution amid the jeers of the crowd.

Twenty-one-year-old Kaka may be considered too inexperienced to start against Ajax, while his compatriot Rivaldo has yet to show his full potential for the Italian club.

Newspapers have said the Brazilian world champion is unhappy at Milan and has threatened to leave unless he is given more starts.

'I hope Rivaldo stays with us. Our squad is full of talent and many fine players aren't getting regular starts,' AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani was quoted as saying in Monday's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

'The season, however, is long and we'll need everybody. We only hold on to those who want to stay with us'.