SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 29 Jan 2017 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 2 - 1 Milan
Bonaventura 5 (M), Thereau 31 (U), De Paul 73 (U)
Stadio Friuli

Milan took an early lead, lost Giacomo Bonaventura to injury and fell apart in a 2-1 defeat to Udinese, but Rodrigo De Paul could’ve seen red.

The Rossoneri needed to get back on track after one point from three rounds and a Coppa Italia exit to Juventus. Davide Calabria and Riccardo Montolivo were sidelined, while Udinese had Silvan Widmer and Sven Kums carrying knocks.

Just five minutes in, Gigio Donnarumma used his legs to deny a Cyril Thereau angled drive at the near post.

Moments later Milan had taken the lead, as Suso’s cross seemed to surprise Marco Davide Faraoni, giving Jack Bonaventura the time to control and fire in from six yards.

Udinese missed a great chance to equalise, as Faraoni turned a free header wide at the far post.

Milan lost goalscorer Bonaventura to a hamstring problem, so Gerard Deulofeu made his Serie A debut.

Thereau got the Friulani back on level terms, as he ran on to an Emil Hallfredsson through ball and feinted a cross, instead firing into the near top corner from a tight angle.

Donnarumma was very brave to rush off his line and charge down Duvan Zapata’s shot practically with his face, then on the counter Suso’s effort was deflected wide by Samir.

Orestis Karnezis stuck out a leg to parry the Carlos Bacca strike and Deulofeu couldn’t get on the end of the rebound. Karnezis also beat away a curling Suso free kick.

Milan were furious, as De Paul should probably have seen a straight red card for going through the back of Mattia De Sciglio, but got away with a booking.

With De Sciglio still off injured, De Paul sprinted down the right and his angled drive went in despite Donnarumma getting a hand to it.

Emil Hallfredsson drilled just wide and substitute Gianluca Lapadula thumped the upright from close range after Karnezis spilled an initial effort.

Udinese could’ve added another in stoppages, but Donnarumma was alert on Duvan Zapata.


Udinese: Karnezis; Faraoni (Angella 30), Danilo, Felipe, Samir; Fofana (Adnan 72), Hallfredsson, Jankto; De Paul (Heurtaux 91), Duvan Zapata, Thereau
Milan: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio (Vangioni 74); Kucka, Locatelli, Pasalic; Suso, Bacca (Lapadula 71), Bonaventura (Deulofeu 26)
Ref: Banti