Udinese add to Allegri pressure
A review of the weekend's action in the Italian Serie A.
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The writing appears to be on the wall for AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri as his side suffered a third loss in four Serie A games, going down 2-1 at the hands of Udinese.
The beleaguered Rossoneri boss has spent the last fortnight deflecting speculation his job is under threat and will now face more tough questions should he remain in charge at the San Siro.
Udinese put their opponents under the cosh with a Mathias Ranegie goal just before half-time, with Stephan El Shaarawy restoring some confidence for the visitors in the second period by netting from 25 yards.
But after Cristian Zapata became the first of two Milan players to be dismissed, Kevin Prince-Boateng later walking for two yellow cards, Antonio Di Natale converted from the penalty spot to earn the Zebrette their first three-point haul of the new campaign and cast Allegri's future into serious doubt.
On a bad day for the Milan giants, second-half goals from Simone Vergassola and Francesco Valiani saw Siena claim their first Serie A victory of the season after stunning Inter 2-0 at the San Siro.
Rock-bottom Siena held their own against their title-chasing opponents but it still came as a shock when captain Vergassola put the visitors ahead in the 73rd minute.
Valiani sealed the win in the second minute of time added-on for Siena, who still have a negative points tally following their part in the match-fixing scandal that rocked Italy over the summer.
Inter, meanwhile, have now lost both matches at home this season.
Sampdoria's 100% record in Serie A was brought to an end by Torino, who earned a point at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris thanks to a 1-1 draw.
Both goals came from the penalty spot in Genoa with Rolando Bianchi scoring first for Torino in the 69th minute before Nicola Pozzi replied five minutes from time.
Torino goalkeeper Jean Francois Gillet then took centre stage to preserve a point for his side as the hosts surged forwards in search of a winner which they could not find for the first time this season.
Genoa ended Lazio's perfect start to the season thanks to a goal from former Roma striker Marco Borriello, despite an otherwise one-sided game at the Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio, who left Miroslav Klose on the bench, dominated most of the game but were restricted to long-distance efforts by a disciplined Genoa defence.
Borriello struck on the counter-attack in the 79th minute to condemn Lazio to their first defeat and lift the Rossoblu into the top half of the table.
Vladimir Petkovic decided to give Klose a rest in view of the upcoming midweek fixtures in Serie A, but by choosing Libor Kozak and Mauro Zarate in his attack, he lacked a cutting edge.
Indeed, the closest the Biancoceleste came to opening the scoring came from long-range shots from Hernanes and Antonio Candreva.
Napoli dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a goalless draw at Catania - despite playing for virtually the entire match against 10 men.
The hosts had defender Pablo Alvarez sent off after only two minutes for a last-man foul on Edinson Cavani at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, but the visitors were unable to find the breakthrough.
The result left Walter Mazzarri's side two points behind leaders Juventus and saw Catania slip to eighth.
Cristian Raimondi denied Gian Piero Gasperini any joy on his debut as Palermo manager with his late header earning Atalanta a 1-0 victory.
The former Inter Milan boss replaced Giuseppe Sannino at the Renzo Barbera following the Sicilians' winless start to the season, but the barren patch will extend to Wednesday night's trip to Pescara at the earliest.
For Stefano Colantuono's Atalanta, though, it was a second consecutive league win and their first home triumph of the new campaign.
Sunday's other scheduled match between Cagliari and Roma was called off after the Sardinian club's president defied local authority orders to exclude fans from their new stadium.
Fabio Quagliarella's brace earned Juventus a comfortable 2-0 win against Chievo in Serie A on Saturday night.
The margin of victory might have been much greater for the defending champions if not for the heroics of Gialloblu goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.
Fresh from registering Juve's vital equaliser at Chelsea in the Champions League, Quagliarella guaranteed Massimo Carrera's men a fourth straight league victory with two classy goals, Chievo failing to create any clear-cut chances to hit back.
It was a tale of three penalties as 10-man Parma salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Fiorentina .
Fiorentina's new Argentinian defender Facundo Roncaglia scored his first goal in Italy with a stunning first-half strike before Jaime Valdes missed the chance to level from the penalty spot.
Aleandro Rosi received his marching orders for the home side two minutes from time, only for Stevan Jovetic to miss the resulting penalty.
Parma withstood a heavy onslaught and were rewarded as Valdes redeemed himself deep into stoppage time following substitute Luca Toni's handball.