Report: Udinese 1-0 AC Milan

first_imgRodrigo Becao scored a second-half header as Udinese inflicted a 1-0 Serie A defeat on AC Milan in head coach Marco Giampaolo’s first competitive game with the Rossoneri.Milan started without any of their new signings and looked devoid of attacking ideas for the majority of Sunday’s match at Dacia Arena, where they fell to Becao’s only goal of the game 72 minutes in.Giampaolo’s visitors failed to register an attempt on target in Udine, and Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma had been the busier of the two goalkeepers before the breakthrough moment in a contest that contained few clear-cut opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? A first league defeat in five matches to Udinese means a losing start for Giampaolo, whose decision to omit each of his side’s new signings backfired.Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli flicked the ball wide from a promising position and Udinese’s Kevin Lasagna miscued a shot into the stands following a poor clearance from Donnarumma in the only openings of a quiet first half.The biggest talking point before the interval came in stoppage time as Milan’s Samu Castillejo appeared to deflect a cross with his arm, but VAR adjudged that the contact was made outside the box and no penalty was given.Udinese’s Rolando Mandragora fired in the game’s first shot on target with 49 minutes played and Seko Fofana was the next to test Donnarumma with a curled strike a couple of minutes later. Donnarumma was becoming increasingly busy as he was also required to keep out Mato Jajalo’s shot with an hour on the clock, and the pressure eventually told.A minute after being brought off the bench, Rodrigo De Paul sent in an outswinging corner and Becao guided his header into the bottom-right corner on his Serie A debut.Milan pressed for an equaliser, and were frustrated when a penalty appeal was rejected. The closest either side came to another goal was when Lasagna’s shot was saved.1 – Rodrigo de Paul provided an assist with his first touch in Serie A this season, 25 seconds after coming from the bench. Decisive. #UdineseMilan— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) August 25, 2019What does it mean? New signings must be integratedGiampaolo revealed on the eve of the match he would only start the players available to him throughout the close season and as a result Milan had a familiar feel to them.With Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Leo Duarte and Franck Kessie named on the bench, the visitors looked stale throughout the match and must massively improve if they are to break back into the top four.|Teething problems as our season opener ends in defeatEsordio amaro in questa #SerieATIM 2019/20#UdineseMilan 1-0 #ForzaMilan— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 25, 2019Becao the differenceFor all the talk of Milan’s signings, it was one of Udinese’s new boys who made the difference. Signed from Brazilian side Bahia during the close season, centre-back Becao made the most of some slack defending to score the only goal of the game. Borini sums up Milan’s strugglesMilan fired no shots on target in the first half of a Serie A match for the first time since October 2018. Fabio Borini did little to influence play and was unsurprisingly the first visiting player to be replaced with an hour played. What’s next?Milan welcome newly-promoted Brescia to San Siro next Saturday and Udinese host Parma the following day. read morelast_img read more

Police arrest 20 suspects over weapons found in court

The Police have arrested 20 suspects over the weapons found in the Mount Lavinia Court premises.A pistol and a revolver as well as 10 rounds of ammunition were found inside a bag at the Mount Lavinia Court premises yesterday. Court proceedings were temporarily halted following the discovery. (Colombo Gazette)

Presidential Commission of Inquiry hands over report

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry to probe allegations of corruption and misappropriation in state institutions, handed over its report to President Maithripala Sirisena.The President’s Media Division (PMD) said that the Commission handed over the 1st volume of the report to the President. An interim report by the commission was handed over to the President in June. Retired Supreme Court Justice Upali Abeyratne chaired the Commission while former High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena, former Auditor General Pasdunkorale Arachchige Premathilake, former Ministry Secretary Lalith R. de Silva and former Deputy Inspector General of Police M.K.D. Vijaya Amarasinghe were appointed as the members. President Sirisena appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate into allegations of corruption and malpractices that had taken place in state institutions from 15th January 2015 to 31st December 2018. read more