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9-man Milan lose at Udinese, boos for woeful Inter

Monday, September 24, 2012    

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MILAN, Italy (AP) — AC Milan's woeful start to the season got worse as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at struggling Udinese in Serie A yesterday in a match that saw the Rossoneri reduced to nine men.

The loss heaped more pressure on Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, although he remained defiant despite starting the season with just one win and three defeats in Serie A.

Mathias Ranegie gave Udinese the lead five minutes from halftime but Stephan El Shaarawy levelled 10 minutes into the second half.

However, Cristian Zapata was sent off for a second yellow card for bringing down Ranegie in the area shortly after the hour mark, and Antonio Di Natale fired home the resulting penalty.

Milan's night just got worse, as Kevin-Prince Boateng was also dismissed for a second bookable offence.

It was Udinese's first win of the season.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan were booed off the field after losing 2-0 at home to bottom-place Siena. Neither Milan team has won at home on the new San Siro pitch in any competition this season.

Siena also picked up their first win of the campaign, thanks to goals from Simone Vergassola and Francesco Valiani.

It is the first time goalkeeper Samir Handanovic —- who was signed from Udinese in the offseason — has conceded for Inter in Serie A.

Elsewhere, Sampdoria and Napoli both failed to maintain their perfect start to the season as they were held to draws against Catania and Torino respectively.

Napoli had never won at Catania but the home side got off to a dreadful start when Pablo Alvarez was sent off after a minute for a foul on Edinson Cavani.

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