Milan rescue draw, Juve held
Teenager Stephan El Shaarawy saved AC Milan's blushes as he came off the bench to snatch an equaliser and secure a 1-1 draw with Udinese at the San Siro on Wednesday.
The result left Milan just a point above the relegation zone and means that neither of the two Milan giants have a victory after three games of the new season. Inter Milan's 3-1 defeat at Novara on Tuesday, which led to coach Gian Piero Gasperini being sacked, leaves the club in the bottom three and a point behind Milan.
In Milan the champions were hoping to avoid the pitfalls that befell their neighbours the day before, but in the end were lucky to escape with a point. Coach Massimilano Allegri admitted the table did not make pleasant viewing.
"We played well right up until the end and only risked conceding on the counter," Allegri said. "It's normal that it's not nice looking at the table, but the important thing is how you play. I'm happy because the lads played well and took risks by trying to score."
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin admitted Milan were the better side. "We didn't miss a chance to win, Milan did more and created more than us and we didn't have the legs," Guidolin said. We played very well, we should be happy. We got a point which suits us and we deserved it."
Genoa became early leaders on goals scored, ahead of Juventus and Udinese, after they easily beat Catania 3-0.
Juventus remain just behind Genoa at the top after a 1-1 draw at home to Bologna. Mirko Vucinic opened the scoring for the hosts before getting sent off before half-time, while Daniele Portanova scored the equaliser seven minutes into the second period.
Napoli dropped off the top after losing 1-0 at Chievo as coach Walter Mazzarri's team selection backfired spectacularly as he left out five first-team regulars.
Atalanta moved off the bottom following a 2-1 win at Lecce, moving the club above Inter and out of the relegation zone despite starting the season with a six-point penalty.