Is it all over for Massimiliano Allegri? After winning the title with AC Milan two seasons ago, his displays last season often revealed that he wasn't quite the tactical genius some had made him out to be. But he still had players good enough to earn the rossoneri second place. This season, however, Milan looks clueless and adrift, having won just one match. Their visit to Udinese only heightened the humiliation.
It was Udinese that started the scoring, just before the halftime whistle. Christian Abbiati made an uncharacteristic error, mistiming his run in an attempt to intercept the ball. Mathias Ranégie took advantage of such an opportunity, heading in for his first Serie A goal.
Allegri must have thought he had a chance to save his job when Stephan El-Shaarawy scored an absolutely delightful goal in the 54th minute. His shot from 25 yards out curled over Željko Brkić and into the top left-corner.
But then it just all went to hell for the visitors. Cristian Zapata brought down Ranégie, conceding a penalty and earning himself a second yellow in one fell swoop. It was Antonio Di Natale, of course, who stepped up to the spot, and easily converted to give Udinese the 2-1 lead.
As if that wasn't enough, Kevin-Prince Boateng, on the pitch for barely thirty minutes, also earned himself a second yellow, and set off down the tunnel after some choice words to the fourth official. But credit to Udinese -- they refused to further humiliate Milan and settled for the 2-1 lead. Or perhaps that's simply an indication of the fact that the zebrette are still a bit hapless themselves?
That won't matter to Udinese fans today, however. They've got their first win of the season and face Torino next, on Wednesday.