Serie A Week 3 - 11 Sep 2016 (14.00 UK)
Milan 0 - 1 Udinese
Perica 88 (U)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Milan fell to their second consecutive Serie A defeat, as a late deflected Stipe Perica volley ended Udinese’s San Siro hoodoo.

The Rossoneri needed to shore up their back line after conceding six goals in two games, but had Juraj Kucka and M’Baye Niang suspended, plus Andrea Bertolacci, Mati Fernandez and Cristian Zapata injured. Udinese lost their first two games of the season between Coppa Italia and Serie A, but recovered to beat Empoli. Cyril Thereau returned from a two-match ban and Sven Kums made his first start in midfield, but Thomas Heurtaux and Samir were sidelined.

Udinese hadn’t beaten Milan here in Serie A since a 3-2 thriller in May 2007, managing just three draws and six defeats. There were two Coppa Italia victories in 2010 and 2014.

Rodrigo De Paul blasted over from the edge of the box after fine work from Thereau, Gabriel Paletta skimmed the woodwork from a huge distance and Gigio Donnarumma smothered Thereau’s shot on the counter.

Jose Sosa almost marked his first Serie A start with a fine goal, but his impressive volley from the edge of the box cannoned off the crossbar.

Udinese continued to threaten from set plays, especially with Silvan Widmer and De Paul.

There were anxious scenes at San Siro when Luca Antonelli seemed to accidentally clatter into teammate Paletta and was visibly very dazed. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital for tests.

Emil Hallfredsson drilled just wide from the edge of the box with an angled drive and Jack Bonaventura’s looping header was plucked out of the air.

Keisuke Honda came off the bench and failed to make the most of an Andrea Poli pass that sent him one-on-one with Orestis Karnezis.

Just as the game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw, an Emmanuel Badu cross found Stipe Perica’s volley from 12 yards and it took a huge deflection off Ignazio Abate’s chest to leave Donnarumma stranded for the Udinese goal.

There were eight minutes of stoppages due to Antonelli’s injury and Bacca thought he deserved a penalty for an Angella nudge in the back as he went to head Keisuke Honda’s cross.

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Milan: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, Antonelli (De Sciglio 52); Poli (Lapadula 86), Montolivo, Sosa (Honda 79); Suso, Bacca, Bonaventura
Udinese: Karnezis; Widmer, Danilo, Felipe, Armero; Badu, Kums, Hallfredsson; Thereau (Perica 61), De Paul (Angella 89); Duvan Zapata (Matos 85)
Ref: Calvarese