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Empoli Embarrass The Rossoneri

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AC Milan's Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda (R) vies with Empoli's Portuguese defender Mario Rui during the Italian Serie A football match Empoli vs AC Milan, on January 23, 2016 at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO

The Rossoneri had to settle for a dismal 2-2 draw to Europe driven Empoli in Florence, Italy. Empoli’s veteran forward Massimo Maccarone netted a second half equalizer for the hosts. Maccarone’s tying goal helped move the Florentine club into eighth place and within reach of a possible European spot.

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AC Milan‘s head coach Siniša Mihajlović vented his frustration stating his side had chances to earn all three points. Mihajlovic’s side was ahead twice on Saturday but it was not enough to hold back the hosts from earning a point.

Colombian forward Carlos Bacca did in fact open the scoring for AC Milan. A wonderfully threaded pass by Riccardo Saponara found the run of Piotr Zielinski canceled out Bacca’s goal. The Polish midfielder slotted a nifty shot between Gigi Donnarumma’s legs to level the match at 1-1 going into halftime.

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The Rossoneri’s best player this season, Giacomo Bonaventura would give the visitors the lead again just barely three minutes after the restart only to have it canceled out by their hosts. Manuel Pucciarelli had a beautiful shot saved expertly by the young Italian goalkeeper Donnarumma. The save was spilled onto the feet of Maccarone who was allowed to run into the penalty box unmarked.

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“We came here to win and we’re disappointed not to have achieved that because when you take the lead twice like we did, you have to go on and win the match,” stated an exasperated Mihajlović. “We should have done better on a couple counter-attacks, but we were not clinical enough and we weren’t accurate enough with our final passes.”

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Empoli played a tough game and certainly deserved to earn a point in their encounter against the Rossoneri. “There is however no shame in drawing here at the Castellani. Empoli are one of the in-form teams at the moment,” admitted Mihajlović.

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Empoli climbed into eighth place with this draw against AC Milan and the Rossoneri remain in sixth place. Milan’s next match is against their tough city rival, Inter Milan, in the much-anticipated Derbi Della Madonnina.

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