AC Milan just about held on for all three points against Udinese in Serie A this evening.
The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead before half-time thanks to goals from Mario Balotelli, Giacomo Bonaventura, and Cristian Zapata, but two quick strikes before the hour mark from Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu and Daniel Zapata saw the hosts pull back to 3-2.
Balotelli opened the scoring inside five minutes with a strike that will go a long way to silencing his doubters in northern Italy. His 35 yard free-kick flew perfectly into the top corner, leaving Udinese ‘keeper Karnezis rooted to the spot.
The best of Udinese’s two strikes was the first from Agyemang-Badu, as he slammed home a volley after Antonio Di Natale’s cross.
Udinese had lots more chances, but couldn’t find the elusive third goal.
There was controversy in the dying minutes as Portuguese midfielder was sent off for a second booking.
The result moves AC Milan up to fourth in the table, while Udinese stay in the bottom three.