Suso’s extraordinary scorcher from 30 metres earned 10-man Milan a point in Udine, but Davide Calabria’s red card proved costly.
Andre Silva got his first start under Gennaro Gattuso, but Ricardo Rodrigiez was injured. The hosts missed Ali Adnan and suspended Samir, so threw January buy Francesco Zampano straight into the starting XI.
This was the first time 2006 World Cup winners have faced off as opposition Coaches, as Gattuso and Massimo Oddo were in the triumphant Italy squad.
Milan started very aggressively and took the lead with a magnificent strike from Suso. The Spaniard unleashed a ground-to-air missile from a good 30 metres out that flew into the near top corner.
Udinese threatened on the counter, Kevin Lasagna unable to keep his header on target, but Andre Silva completely misjudged the ball over the top and his strange header was straight at Albano Bizzarri.
Kevin Lasagna’s first touch to control a long ball was inspired, stinging Gianluigi Donnarumma’s gloves at the near post. Lasagna then nodded wide from a Rodrigo De Paul cross, as the Friulani grew into the game.
After the restart, Suso’s cross-shot almost surprised Bizzarri, while Lasagna appeals were waved away as he seemed to lose his balance running between two defenders to reach a De Paul low cross.
Milan went down to 10 men, as Davide Calabria received a second yellow card for his mistimed challenge on Jankto. It quickly turned into a siege, Donnarumma fingertipping away a Jankto looping cross.
Donnarumma showed great reactions to deny a Maxi Lopez control and turn from point-blank range, but was unlucky on the equaliser. Lasagna pulled back from the by-line, it took a deflection off Leonardo Bonucci and another off Donnarumma’s head to ricochet into the net.
To their credit, 10-man Milan fought back, Danilo getting a decisive block on Franck Kessie in the box and Nikola Kalinic’s header over the bar.
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Sent off: Calabria 68 (M)