Italian giants suffer their third defeat of the season as axe hovers over Allegri…
Massimiliano Allegri’s tenure as coach of Serie A giants Milan came under fresh scrutiny when the Rossoneri suffered their third defeat of the season in a 2-1 reverse away to Udinese.
Milan opened their campaign with defeat at home to Sampdoria and have failed to win or score any goals at the San Siro in three attempts including the scoreless draw against Champions League opponents Anderlecht. Reports have since suggested only a win on Sunday would save Allegri’s job, but that was of no concern to Udinese, who started the day fourth from bottom.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 40th minute when giant Swedish striker Mathias Ranegie rose to send a header under the crossbar of beaten keeper Christian Abbiati.
Italy under-21 international Stephan El Sharaway levelled for the visitors 10 minutes after the restart with a right-footed shot from outside the box that lodged in the left hand corner of the net. But from then on, things got worse for the seven-time European champions.
The game-changer came in the shape of a red card for Milan’s Colombian defender Cristian Zapata, who was sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul from behind on Ranegie in the box.
The referee pointed to the spot and striker Antonio Di Natale stepped up to beat Abbiati with a low drive to put the hosts in the lead. Milan’s hopes of leveling suffered a blow seven minutes from time when they were reduced to nine players after Kevin Prince Boateng was sent off for a second bookable offence.
A day after champions Juventus underlined their title credentials in emphatic style with a 2-0 home win over Chievo, it was a disastrous day all round for Milan’s clubs.
No matter that defeat, Milan’s CEO Galliani has confirmed that coach Allegri is safe… for now.