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0-0 draw sees AC Milan and Livorno share a point apiece

ALL SQUARE Milan's new signing Ricardo Oliveira was unable to find the net against Livorno as Sicilian rivals Catania and Messina also played out a draw

DPA , MILAN

Penalized Italian giants AC Milan drew 0-0 away to Livorno on Saturday afternoon, ending a three-game winning streak through which they had overcome a point-penalty received for their role in a match-fixing scandal.

Ricardo Oliveira, the Rossoneri's new signing from Spanish Primera Liga side Real Betis, had the first real chance after nine minutes of what proved to be a dull first half, but had his shot saved by Livorno keeper Marco Amelia.

Kaka came close to scoring for Milan after 26 minutes but his shot was too high.

Livorno only managed to conjure up a solitary chance in the first half, through captain Cristiano Lucarelli, whose effort posed no threat for Dida in the Milan goal.

The Brazilian international goalkeeper seemed to be beaten on the hour but was saved by the bar when midfielder Stefano Morrone fired his shot against the woodwork.

last chance

Oliveira had a final chance with a few minutes left when an Andrea Pirlo long ball set him free only for Amelia to save well at the Brazilian's feet.

The draw pushed Livorno on to five points from four games, level with promoted Atalanta and minnows Empoli, who yesterday hosted nine-point leaders Palermo.

Milan have two points despite the previous wins due to an eight-point penalty.

Newcomers Catania and Messina, two sides from Sicily like Palermo, late on Saturday drew 2-2 in a high-tension local derby in which both sides finished with 10 men.

second yellow

Catania's Giuseppe Mascara was dismissed on 58 minutes after earning a second yellow card, received for taking off his jersey after canceling out Sergio Floccari's opener on 32 minutes.

Three minutes later a header from Jonatha Spinesi put Catania ahead once again but Messina managed to equalize through Chilean Nicolas Cordova on 64 minutes.

Five minutes later Messina defender Mark Iuliano was ejected after he received a second booking.

Messina now lies second on eight points, while Catania trails on five.

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