Serie A - Leaders Milan hit back to sink Udinese

Sat, 11 Feb 18:59:00 2012

Milan scored twice in the second period to complete a 2-1 win over Serie A title rivals Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.

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Milan's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic began his three-match ban after being sent off in the 0-0 draw with Napoli last weekend before his side fell behind with the first home attack of real note.

Unsurprisingly, Antonio Di Natale scored the opening goal on 17 minutes when he slammed the ball beyond Milan keeper Marco Amelia with a clinical finish that deflected off Djamel Mesbah before hitting the back of the net.

Current Serie A top-scorer Di Natale (17 goals) has now found the net in six of his last seven appearances against Milan in the league.

Udinese almost moved two goals ahead as Amelia was forced to tip an effort by Danilo wide a minute before the visitors struck.

Milan levelled on 77 minutes when substitute Maxi Lopez pounced to net from the rebound after Udinese keeper Samir Handanovic had failed to hold Stephan El Shaarawy's ball into the centre.

Danilo had to dash back to clear off his line from a Robinho chip, but El Shaaraway won it for the visitors when he finished with some aplomb from five yards out after Lopez had broken up the park at some speed to play provider with an inch-perfect delivery.

Amelia continued to be a key man in a freezing cold Udine as he made saves to deny Pablo Armero and Almen Abdi a goal that would have earned Udinese a draw they perhaps merited.

Leaders Milan move two points clear of Juventus, who have two games in hand before they visit Bologna on Sunday with Udinese slipping to fourth spot, one point behind third-placed Lazio. They are now six adrift of Milan.


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