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
  • 32Bruno FernandesBooked 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
  • 7de SouzaSubstituted forBalotelliat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Amelia
  • 8Saponara
  • 15Essien
  • 20Abate
  • 21Constant
  • 22Dos Santos Leite
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Udinese 1, Milan 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Udinese 1, Milan 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Udinese. Dusan Basta replaces Roberto Pereyra.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Silva (Udinese).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Udinese. Emmanuel Badu replaces Giampiero Pinzi.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese).

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Allan (Udinese).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 8th March 2014

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