Italian Serie A
Udinese1AC Milan0

Udinese 1-0 AC Milan

Antonio Di Natale scores

Antonio Di Natale scored the only goal as Udinese beat AC Milan.

Udinese's 17-year-old goalkeeper Simone Scuffet frustrated the visitors, saving well from Giampaolo Pazzini and Robinho.

The hosts' goal came after the break with Di Natale tucking home from close range after quick passes from Roberto Pereyra and Bruno Fernandes.

Scuffet again denied Milan, saving from Michael Essien's header, which had eluded the lunging Mario Balotelli.

It was a third defeat in Clarence Seedorf's eight Serie A games in charge of the club.

Udinese, in 14th, are now only four points behind 11th-placed Milan.

Balotelli was a 63rd-minute substitute after Seedorf dismissed claims the striker was not taking his recovery from a shoulder injury seriously.

The Italy international was criticised in the media after posting a Twitter picture of himself playing table tennis.

But Seedorf said: "Who cares if he played table tennis? He had a six-hour treatment."

"He is still feeling a bit of pain but he needs to learn to live with it."

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City for £19m in January 2013

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli, who has scored 11 goals in 19 Serie A games this season, had missed the last two games after leaving the field holding his shoulder towards the end of the 1-0 defeat by Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.

But some newspapers questioned the 23-year-old's professionalism after he revealed he was playing table tennis on Wednesday.

However, Seedorf poured scorn on the reports and said he would not be warning his players about using social networking sites.

"I'm not here to tell people how to use their own means of communication," said the former Milan midfielder. "What makes for news in Italy is a worry to me. This is such a trivial thing."

The Rossoneri travel to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Line-ups

Udinese

  • 22Scuffet
  • 27Widmer
  • 34Antunes da Silva
  • 6Bubnjic
  • 11Domizzi
  • 75Heurtaux
  • 66PinziSubstituted forBaduat 85'minutes
  • 32FernandesBooked at 12mins
  • 10Di NataleSubstituted forMurielat 77'minutes
  • 37PereyraSubstituted forBastaat 89'minutes
  • 3Marques Loureiro

Substitutes

  • 1Brkic
  • 2Neuton
  • 4Gomes Pereira
  • 7Badu
  • 8Basta
  • 9Muriel
  • 17López
  • 20Yebda
  • 30Kelava
  • 70Reginaldo de Matos
  • 94Zielinski

AC Milan

  • 32Abbiati
  • 2De SciglioBooked at 18mins
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 4MuntariBooked at 11minsSubstituted forTaarabtat 71'minutes
  • 17Zapata
  • 5MexesBooked at 51mins
  • 10Honda
  • 18Montolivo
  • 11Pazzini
  • 14BirsaSubstituted forEssienat 57'minutes
  • 7RobinhoSubstituted forBalotelliat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Amelia
  • 8Saponara
  • 15Essien
  • 20Abate
  • 21Constant
  • 22Kaká
  • 23Taarabt
  • 26Silvestre
  • 35Coppola
  • 45Balotelli
  • 81Zaccardo
Referee:
Carmine Russo

Match Stats

Home TeamUdineseAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Udinese 1, Milan 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Udinese 1, Milan 0.

Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

Igor Bubnjic (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Udinese. Silivan Widmer tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Badu is caught offside.

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Dusan Basta replaces Roberto Pereyra.

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Silva (Udinese).

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Emmanuel Badu replaces Giampiero Pinzi.

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese).

Hand ball by Allan (Udinese).

Attempt missed. Michael Essien (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mattia De Sciglio.

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese).

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luis Muriel (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Simone Scuffet.

Attempt saved. Michael Essien (Milan) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adel Taarabt with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Luis Muriel replaces Antonio Di Natale.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Gabriel Silva.

Attempt missed. Allan (Udinese) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Michael Essien (Milan).

Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Adel Taarabt replaces Sulley Ali Muntari.

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Udinese 1, Milan 0. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bruno Fernandes.

Michael Essien (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Udinese).

Attempt missed. Roberto Pereyra (Udinese) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Antonio Di Natale with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Mario Balotelli replaces Robinho.

Keisuke Honda (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese).

Offside, Udinese. Bruno Fernandes tries a through ball, but Antonio Di Natale is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Silivan Widmer.

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Saturday 8th March 2014

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