Serie A - Milan salvage draw with Udinese

Wed, 21 Sep 22:00:00 2011

AC Milan are still seeking of their first victory this season after coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Udinese at the San Siro.

AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy celebrates after scoring against Udinese during their Italian Serie A soccer match at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan September 21, 2011 - 0

The away side took the lead in the 29th minute after a terrible blunder by Christian Abbiati, when the Rossoneri keeper fumbled Gabriel Torje's routine delivery and Antonio Di Natale pounced to net a simple opener.

Milan failed to create much from open play but managed to equalise early in the second half when Stephen El Shaarawy notched his first goal in a Milan shirt, slotting home from 12 yards across goal.

Both sides pushed forward late on in pursuit of winner and Udinese threatened to steal the points but Abbiati redeemed himself with two fine reaction saves.

Milan, who were looking to recover from Sunday's 3-1 away defeat at Napoli, failed to impose themselves in the opening exchanges of the match and failed to provide a clinical final ball. Udinese looked to play on the counter attack but could not produce the service for Di Natale.

The home side's injury woes also mounted as the lively Pato had to be taken off after 19 minutes having pulled up turning his marker.

Milan eventually threatened the away side's goal after 41 minutes when veteran midfielder Clarence Seedorf fired in a free-kick against the Udinese post from the edge of the area.

Moments later Antonio Cassano wriggled away from several challenges in the area to test Samir Handanovic for the first time. His effort was palmed away and Antonio Nocerino wasted the rebound, blazing wide past the far post.

The second half started brightly for Milan with Mark van Bommel and Seedorf pulling the strings in the centre of the park. Seedorf clipped in a delicious ball over Udinese's defence but Nocerino managed to head over from eight yards under pressure.

Milan took control as another ball over the top from Seedorf left Cassano one on one but his volley was well blocked.

The home crowd was becoming increasingly impatient, however, until El Shaarawy pulled away from his marker on the right edge of the area and flashed in an acute shot across goal to beat Handanovic to equalise.

Udinese were still a threat on the break and a clumsy challenge from Gianluca Zambrotta hauled down Giampiero Pinzi in the area but the referee waved away strong penalty claims.

Seconds later Udinese struck Milan's upright, Di Natale picking out Pinzi on the right of the area, whose curled effort struck the post and rolled agonisingly across the line for a corner.

Milan, having got back into the contest, seemed to be hanging on as Abbiati was called into action twice to redeem himself for his earlier error. Pablo Armero whipped in a delightful cross from the left and Pinzi headed down low to Abbiati's left. He managed to get down quickly and palm away the danger but seconds later Abdi's knock down was drilled by Di Natalie low to the right but Abbiati again put a strong hand out and kept the game level.

Filipo Inzaghi had a stoppage time penalty claim waved away, which would have been harsh on Udinese who displayed much more attacking intent in the closing stages.

The draw leaves the Rossoneri floundering at the wrong end of the table in 14th whiles Udinese continue their fine start to the season and stay in third.

Alex Sharp / Eurosport

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