With injuries meaning Ignazio Abate and Alex not yet ready Adil Rami and Philippe Mexes started at the back and Pablo Armero got a rare start against his old team. Back from suspension Daniele Bonera got the captain’s armband and started at right back. Early possession was mainly Milan’s and the score should have been 1-0 in the 17th minute when Rami headed in from a corner but the goal line ref’s view was obstructed by Orestis Karnezis in the Udinese goal. This was one more instance where goal line technology was needed. Jeremy Menez and Honda in particular came close to giving the lead more than once during the half.
The possession and half chances continued in the second half. The goal finally came from a penalty, Menez easily converted after Honda was held back in the area. Arguably harshly, the defender, Maurizio Domizzi, was also sent off. Minutes later Michael Essien got a second yellow for a hand on face. The 10 vs 10 game soon produced another goal as Menez ran through several defenders and shot in the near side. Late on Riccardo Montolivo made his first appearance of the season having been out since before the World Cup.
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