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SERIEA: Nine-man AC Milan lose at Udinese

MILAN MISERY:While Milan slumped to a new low, Inter were also beaten at the San Siro by lowly Siena, while Napoli, Sampdoria and Lazio lost their 100 percent records

Reuters, MILAN, Italy

AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy, second left, scores against Udinese in their Serie A match at the Stadio Friuli in Udine, Italy, on Sunday.

Photo: EPA

AC Milan’s season slumped to a new low on Sunday as they had two players sent off and lost 2-1 at Udinese, while the bizarre postponement of the match between Cagliari and AS Roma further damaged Serie A’s fading credibility.

Roberto di Natale scored the winner for Udinese with a 68th-minute penalty, while the visitors had Cristian Zapata and second-half substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng dismissed in their third defeat in four Serie A games.

Inter also went down to a shock defeat, beaten 2-0 at home by lowly AC Siena, with Simone Vergassalo and Francesco Valiani scoring in the last 15 minutes.

Neither Milan nor Inter have won a game at the San Siro this season in any competition in eight attempts between them.

SSC Napoli, UC Sampdoria and SS Lazio all lost their 100 percent records, leaving Juventus as isolated leaders with 12 points from four games after their 2-0 win over AC Chievo Verona on Saturday.

Napoli, who have 10 points, were held 0-0 at Catania, while Sampdoria were held 1-1 at home by Torino in a match between two promoted teams.

Sampdoria have nine points, having had one deducted over their involvement in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal.

Lazio slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Genoa as they dominated the game, missed a hat full of chances and were caught by a breakaway goal scored by Marco Boriello in the 79th minute.

US Citta di Palermo’s latest coach, Gian Piero Gasperini, got off to a losing start as his side lost 1-0 at Atalanta BC, while promoted Delfino Pescara 1936 picked up their first point with a 1-1 draw at Bologna.

The action took place against the backdrop of the farcical events in Sardinia, where the Cagliari City Government called off the Roma match after the home club defied its previous decision to stage the game behind closed doors.

On Saturday, Cagliari slammed “bureaucratic difficulties and the collective disinterest of the authorities” and invited fans to attend the game.

Cagliari have moved to the Is Arenas on the outskirts of the Sardinian capital, but the local authorities ruled earlier this week that the stadium was not ready to host Serie A games, despite recent improvements.

Milan were facing opponents who, like themselves, are struggling to rebuild after selling their top players during the close-season.

Udinese, who had not previously won a game this season in any competition, went ahead five minutes before the break when Swedish striker Mathias Ranegia scored from close range following a free-kick.

Boateng, rested from the starting lineup, came on in the 52nd minute and had an immediate impact as he was involved a move which ended with Stephan El Shaarawy rifling the equalizer from long range.

Milan, who channeled too much energy into arguing with the referee and wrangling with their opponents, failed to build on that and fell behind again in the 68th minute.

Zapata tripped Ranegia, picking up his second yellow card in three minutes, and 35-year-old Di Natale converted from the spot.

Milan’s hopes of fighting back ended when Boateng was booked for fouls on Giampiero Pinzi and Roberto Pereyra and was dismissed in the 83rd minute, the low point in yet another inept display by the visitors.

Siena, who began with a six-point deduction for their part in the Calcioscommesse match-fixing scandal, moved up to minus-one point after their first win of the season.

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