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Serie A

  • February 11, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
  • • Attendance: 18000

Live Commentary

  • What a breathless second half that was. Milan score two goals in the final quarter of an hour to win 2-1 and go top of the league. Stick around for our full match report, ratings and reaction throughout the night.
  • What a breathless second half that was. Milan score two goals in the final quarter of an hour to win 2-1 and go top of the league. Stick around for our full match report, ratings and reaction throughout the night.
  • 90' + 4'
    THERE GOES THE WHISTLE!!! WHAT A COMEBACK FROM MILAN!!! They've ended Udinese's unbeaten home record and at the same time moved top of Serie A. What a result for the Rossoneri.
  • 90' + 3'
    There's a real meeting of handbags between Ambrosini and Armero in the centre circle before we get back underway with a Milan free-kick.
  • 90' + 1'
    There's a right old scramble in the box from the corner as the four minutes of added time begin, then Abdi has a deflected volley pushed out by Amelia. The home side really are asking questions now.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Almen Abdi
  • 90'
    El Shaarawy is suddenly at the centre of everything. It's his and Milan's night as things stand. But Udinese aren't about to lie down, and they win a corner.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionMichele Pazienza Gabriel Torje
  • 88'
    SubstitutionRobinho Daniele Bonera
  • 88'
    A couple of changes are made as the time ticks down. Bonera's on for Robinho, while Udinese replace Pazienza with Torje.
  • 87'
    The Italo-Egyptian foiled Udinese at San Siro with an equaliser, now he's scored what could well turn out to be the winner. Milan were backed into a corner, they were lifeless, they were second best. Now they're leading and going top of the league! Isn't football amazing!!
  • 85'
    Assist Maxi López
  • 85'
    Goal Stephan El Shaarawy
  • 85'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EL SHAARAWY!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE'S DONE IT!!! Maxi Lopez picks up a goal and an assist. He meets a pass over the top into the right channel with a neat cut-back to the Italian youngster who sends a side-foot finish on the turn past Handanovic. Absolutely fantastic from Milan.
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Pablo Armero
  • 84'
    Armero is booked for kicking the ball away after Floro Flores was caught offside, seemingly wishing to waste time as his side are hanging on now.
  • 82'
    Plenty of Milan pressure now, but Udinese are back in numbers. They're just about holding them out right now as Allegri barks out orders from the touchline.
  • 80'
    What a momentum shift there has been. But Udinese are still dangerous, and Domizzi has a free-kick blocked by Mexes in the wall as the home side look to get back in front.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Thiago Silva
  • 78'
    SO NEARLY TWO IN A MINUTE!!! Benatia waits and waits for Handanovic to come for a long ball, El Shaarawy steals in, gets a scuffed shot away, then Robinho's bobbled shot is blocked on the line. Milan suddenly looking for a winner!!
  • 77'
    Assist Stephan El Shaarawy
  • 77'
    Goal Maxi López
  • 77'
    RETE!! RETE!! MILAN ARE LEVEL!!!! The Rossoneri break from the corner and El Shaarawy's shot is only parried away by Handanovic into the path of substitute Maxi Lopez, who fires left-footed into the back of the net!!! 1-1.
  • 76'
    GREAT SAVE!! Poor keeping at first by Amelia as he can't get a good punch on the cross, but when Danilo sends the ball back in the keeper gets a great save away.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionAntonio Di Natale Antonio Floro Flores
  • 75'
    Off comes the goalscorer. Di Natale is replaced by Antonio Floro Flores.
  • 74'
    SO CLOSE TO A CLINCHER!! Maxi Lopez spins off well but then goes to ground and Udinese can break. Armero turns his man out wide, feeds Domizzi and the defender's shot is tipped wide by Amelia.
  • 72'
    A long period of Milan pressure comes to nothing as Robinho and Seedorf are swamped and Udinese stand firm once more.
  • 70'
    A poor return pass from El Shaarawy asked too much of Robinho as another Milan attack breaks down, then Armero breaks once more to win yet another Udinese corner.
  • 68'
    Mauro Bergonzi's 1980s mullet hairdo shakes as he vociferously explains to the Milan players why he's awarded a free-kick after Mesbah tackles Basta. We're into the last quarter now.
  • 67'
    On comes Maxi Lopez for Nocerino. He'll go up top with Robinho at 10 and Seedorf dropping into midfield.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionAntonio Nocerino Maxi López
  • 66'
    Armero can't pull away! Great pace from Abate to get back and hustle him off the ball. Armero wants a free-kick, and I've seen them given for less, but he won't get one.
  • 64'
    Udinese attacking once more, they're back on top of this one. Armero breaks centrally and has a shot blocked, and from the loose ball Di Natale volleys wide.
  • 62'
    WHAT IS ARMERO DOING?! That should surely have been 2-0, as Di Natale sent the Colombian clear through the middle in the area, but he took too long to shape up for the shot and allowed Mesbah to intercept. Milan still in this one.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionM. Isla Giovanni Pasquale
  • 61'
    It's Giovanni Pasquale who comes on in place of Isla. This will need a bit of a change around, with Armero tucking inside and Pasquale playing as a left winger.
  • 60'
    Isla is rapidly taken down the tunnel, which doesn't bode well for the Chilean. Worrying times for Udinese.
  • 59'
    Isla tries to dart around Ambrosini to win the ball, but the Milan skipper's entire weight ends up on the right leg of the wide man. He's screaming in pain and the stretcher comes on.
  • 57'
    Great play by Gelson Fernandes pens Milan deep in their own half. Amelia then scuffs his clearance as Udinese earn some breathing space.
  • 55'
    Seedorf levers his way in front of Isla and somehow wins the free-kick. The referee then does the manly thing, admits his error and gives the decision in Udinese's favour. Well done Signor Bergonzi.
  • 54'
    Armero does brilliantly to foil Milan and bring the ball out. He;'s then fouled by Mexes, winning the home side a free-kick.
  • 52'
    A great cross from Abate on the right causes confusion between Benatia and Handanovic. Milan work the resulting corner short, and Ambrosini and Mexes are just beaten by Seedorf's eventual cross.
  • 50'
    It's a much more creative and expressive Milan performance so far. They will have to stay on their toes, but this is postive for the visitors.
  • 48'
    EMANUELSON!!! NO!!!! NOCERINO!! NO!!!! Robinho switches play superbly for Emanuelson, whose shot is deflected into the path of Nocerino, but he doesn't get enough on the header and it goes wide of goal. That's where he's been dangerous all season though.
  • 47'
    One thing hasn't changed, in that Milan's fans are still singing for Pippo Inzaghi. However, on the pitch there seems to be a little more verve from the visitors so far.
  • 46'
    And we're back underway. 45 minutes left for Milan to rescue something from this game.
  • Welcome back all. Not long now until the resumption of this one, and it appears there are few ideas among our readers as to exactly what Allegri can do given the spate of injuries and suspensions which has effectively tied his hands behind his back. Milan trailing, and deservedly so. Can they turn it around?
  • 45' + 2'
    There's the whistle. It's half-time at the Friuli, and Udinese have a deserved lead. What can Milan do to get back into the game? Bring on Maxi Lopez? Get Robinho and El Shaarawy involved more from deep? Let us know your ideas with the hashtag #goallive on Twitter.
  • 45' + 1'
    We'll have two minutes of stoppages, starting with an Udinese corner which Milan get half clear before Domizzi raises his boot dangerously.
  • 45'
    It's really not Milan's day. Abate tries to take on Armero, but the Colombian closes him off then belts the ball off the Milan full-back and it flies out for an Udinese goal-kick.
  • 43'
    OOOOH!! Robinho drops off into the hole for one of the first times in the game and feeds Mexes, who fires a stinging shot from range, but it's straight at Handanovic, who collects it at the second attempt.
  • 41'
    "Milan's malaise? Gotta be the injuries to Abbiati, Nesta, Pato, Prince, and Aquilani" reckons Adrian A. Bucher on Twitter (#goallive) They certainly are missing that something extra, especially in attack, and that's not even to mention the absences of Ibra, Gattuso and Cassano of course.
  • 39'
    Allegri's frustration has boiled over a touch, and it's taken a stern word from referee Bergonzi to calm him down.
  • 37'
    It's more of the same right now... Milan have the ball, but don't seem to have many ideas as to how they can break down the Udinese defence. Remember, Udinese have dropped just two points at home all season, those in a 0-0 draw with Juventus just before Christmas.
  • 35'
    2-0!!! NOOOOOOOO!!! Oh dear, for once Di Natale doesn't do the job. Isla did brilliantly to breach Milan's retreating defence and find his skipper, but the prolific striker's first-time shot came off his shin and trickled across goal. Should have been two!
  • 34'
    What's the answer to Milan's malaise right now? Tweet us yur opinions using the hashtag #goallive
  • 33'
    El Shaarawy is fouled by Benatia, giving Milan a free-kick in a dangerous position. Time for Clarence Seedorf to step up? It is, but his swinging effort falls halfway between the attacking players and the far post, allowing Handanovic to watch it out.
  • 31'
    Di Natale makes Mexes look ridiculous, skipping past him easily on the left touchline, but then he chips easily into the arms of Amelia after reaching the bye-line.
  • 29'
    I make that five corners to one now as Domizzi tries to get a shot in but sees Seedorf get a touch on the way. From the kick, Domizzi's header goes well wide.
  • 27'
    Just to close the book on Di Natale's goal, that's his 74th in 93 appearances in Serie A since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. Incredible stats in a league notorious for its difficult defences.
  • 26'
    Yellow Card Massimo Ambrosini
  • 25'
    Milan finally make some progress on the ball, but when Abate tries to return it back to Seedorf it's not a great pass. When Basta steals in he's hacked down by Ambrosini, who gets a yellow card for his troubles.
  • 23'
    Massimiliano Allegri looks a little bit lifeless right now. His true calibre is being tested as at no other time as Milan coach. He'll not panic just yet, but this is a crucial game and his team are behind.
  • 21'
    Now what do Milan do? Udinese have already been defending well and asking the Rossoneri to do something special to break them down. Now they really have to make some chances.
  • 19'
    Assist Gelson Fernandes
  • 19'
    Goal Antonio Di Natale
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!! Who else but Antonio Di Natale? Milan stand off, the magician plays a one-two with Fernandes, collects the return ball and then fires past Marco Amelia. An excellent strike, albeit with a stlight deflection, but it's enough for Toto and the Zebrette.
  • 17'
    Udinese continue to sit back, forcing Milan to look for a piece of magic to break down the massed home defence. They donàt look too convincing when the Friulani stay strong.
  • 15'
    OOOHH!! First real effort at goal. Di Natale's corner from the left is met by Isla 25 yards out, and his speculative shot flies just over the bar.
  • 13'
    Milan enjoy another period of possession, but Udinese play the waiting game in their own half and when the Rossoneri give away the ball, Isla springs forward to win a corner.
  • 11'
    A great attacking move from Milan - started by Thiago Silva and involving Emanuelson, Seedorf and Robinho - wins the visitors a corner, but it's a wasted set piece.
  • 9'
    Robinho picks up space on the right, and from Seedorf's pass he crosses towards El Shaarawy only for Benatia to head clear. Mesbah's snapshot is then blocked.
  • 7'
    Abdi finds a bit of space in the middle, but from the edge of the area he tries a left-foot shot when the bounce wasn't really with him and it goes well wide of goal.
  • 6'
    Milan get into their stride a little with some neat passes. It's noticeable that Seedorf has started higher up than Emanuelson, with the younger Dutchman on the right side of the midfield three.
  • 4'
    Di Natale sends a lovely flick over his shoulder for Armero as the home side win a corner, but the flag-kick is taken easily by Amelia.
  • 3'
    The Friulani look threatening early on, with Di Natale dropping off into a couple of dangerous positions, but the second one was wasted when Armero collected his pass only to side-foot straight to Amelia.
  • 1'
    Here goes! We're underway, with Udinese in the black and white attacking the Curva Nord, where the majority of the home faithful are gathered as ever.
  • Everyone's well wrapped up, Adriano Galliani included, as 'Magica Udinese' is played out over the sound system and the two teams take to the pitch. Can Milan go back to the top of the league? Will Udinese make another claim for a Champions League place?
  • I know we're all devastated by Sheffield Wednesday's defeat today, but we can get through this together with what should be an excellent game to warm us up. Antonio Di Natale going for a third straight capocannoniere crown, Milan needing to get back on form ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Arsenal. We're moments away from kick-off now. Get involved tweeting to #goallive
  • Remember, Udinese are missing Emmanuel Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah due to Afcon duty, while Milan will soon have Sulley Muntari available... Stop sniggering!
  • A win for Udinese tonight would give them their best ever start to a Serie A season over their first 23 games. It would also send them above Milan into second.
  • So, still no start for Maxi Lopez despite Ibra's suspension. He's one of the seven subs. If you want to share your opinion on that decision, tweet it, using the hashtag #goallive, and we'll throw in your views during the colder moments of the game.
  • The struggling champions, shorn of Zlatan, go with a 4-3-1-2. Amelia; Abate, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Mesbah; Seedorf, Ambrosini, Nocerino; Emanuelson; El Shaarawy, Robinho.
  • So, that team news... Udinese are in a 3-5-1-1 with: Handanovic; Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Isla, Pazienza, Fernandes, Armero; Abdi; Di Natale.
  • Evening all! Kris Voakes here, telling you it's absolutely freezing around Italy tonight, but Udinese-Milan goes ahead in what is notoriously one of the coldest parts of the country. We'll be setting the scene for you here, with team news coming shortly, but all you need to know right now is that you'll get all the latest news as it happens right on this page. Don't go anywhere, I'm not!