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Mexes sees red, AC Milan lose again

Reuters, MILAN, Italy

AC Milan’s Philippe Mexes, left, grabs SS Lazio’s Lorik Cana, right, during their Serie A match at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Defender Philippe Mexes was sent off for wrapping his arm around an opponent’s neck in a fit of rage as AC Milan’s troubles continued with a 3-1 defeat against SS Lazio on Saturday.

Milan, in 10th place, have taken one point in four games since the Christmas break, and the latest defeat was another blow to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, as it left them eight points behind third-placed Lazio.

The game ended in ugly scenes as Mexes became involved in a heated argument with Stefano Mauri.

The pair were separated, but the enraged Frenchman went back for more, first appearing to headbutt Mauri before grabbing him from behind.

The evening began well for Milan as Jeremy Menez caught Dusan Basta in possession and went clear to fire past Federico Marchetti after just four minutes.

Lazio turned the game around in a five-minute period after half-time, as Marco Parolo volleyed home the equalizer and Miroslav Klose pounced on a mistake to score the second, the former Germany forward’s first Serie A goal since early November last year.

Parolo made it 3-1 with his second goal of the game nine minutes from the end.

Meanwhile, Cagliari continued their revival under new coach Gianfranco Zola by beating US Sassuolo 2-1, with defender Luca Rossettini scoring at both ends.

Rossettini headed Cagliari in front from a corner in the 20th minute, but then turned Francesco Acerbi’s effort into his own net in the 76th minute.

Croatian forward Duje Cop volleyed in the winner three minutes later with his first league goal since joining from GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Having lost 5-0 to US Citta di Palermo in Zola’s first game, Cagliari have taken 10 points from 12, and Saturday’s win took them out of the relegation zone.

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