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Milan held by Torino, Udinese end losing streak

English.news.cn   2014-02-02 11:19:06

MILAN, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- AC Milan drew with Torino 1-1 at home on Saturday to see their winning Serie A run under Clarence Seedorf come to an end.

Earlier in the day, Udinese ended their four-match losing streak in Serie A with a 2-0 victory over Bologna.

Seedorf steered his new side to two wins in as many Serie A games, but they could not continue their winning momentum against a well-drilled Torino outfit.

The visitors went ahead at the 17th minute through Ciro Immobile before Adil Rami equalised for the Milan side four minutes after the break.

Seedorf said his side were rewarded by their patience in the second half.

"I did say beforehand Giampiero Ventura's teams are very well-organised and we saw that again tonight. As for my team, we had a little more patience in the second half to spread the play and that made the difference," he said.

"In the first half Torino were still a little deep, so Honda tried to break through, but you have to spread the play to stretch out opposition defences. It requires patience and my players had more of that after the break, forcing the opponents to move out of position," he said.

Seedorf's Torino counterpart Giampiero Ventura was left to rue Torino's missed opportunity to take all three points from Milan.

"You can never be sure at San Siro, but we had the chance to go 2-0 up and it certainly would have made it more difficult for Milan," he said.

"Our objective was the result, but even more so trying to see how much work we still need to do in order to make our mark. We always try to play football and the first half was decidedly positive," he said.

"We seemed a little frightened after the break, as Milan closed down more of the spaces and we suffered a little. I think it is overall an entirely deserved point, as not many teams come to San Siro playing this openly," he added.

Udinese took on Bologna after having not won in the league since Dec. 21.

Antonio di Natale put Udinese ahead with a penalty kick after 15 minutes.

Substitute Nicolas Lopez sealed the victory for Udinese with a last-gasp strike.

Fiorentina suffered a surprise 1-0 loss at Cagliari.

Vincenzo Montella's side were condemned to their first Serie A defeat since Dec. 8 as Mauricio Ricardo Pinilla converted a penalty six minutes before half-time to score the win for the hosts.

Montella blamed Cagliari's obstructionist play after the defeat.

"We didn't lose the game because of refereeing decisions. I saw Cagliari play in an obstructionist manner because they had taken the lead," he said.

"I expected the officials to help the game move quicker, but in Italy they favour obstructionist tactics. I say that publicly because some referees do not aid those teams who try to play football," he said.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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