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Serie A wrap: Fiorentina fight back to draw with Milan
Apr 07, 2013 8:33 PM EST
AC Milan missed the chance to move second in Serie A after squandering a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday.
Former Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo was enjoying the perfect return to Florence, scoring the opener before setting Mathieu Flamini up for the second.
Milan looked set to ease to victory over their fourth-placed hosts, who had been reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of Nenad Tomovic, but the visitors fell to pieces in the final half-hour, after gifting Fiorentina a share of the spoils courtesy of two penalties, which were converted by Adem Ljajic and David Pizarro.
Massimiliano Allegri's men went into the game as the form side in Italy's top flight, having not tasted defeat in 12 outings, and they got off to the perfect start when Montolivo found the net on 14 minutes.
Fiorentina's woes were compounded five minutes before the break when Tomovic was shown a contentious red card for barging Stephan El Shaarawy off the ball.
Milan made the most of their numerical advantage after the break, with Flamini adding the side's second goal of the game in the 61st minute.
However, despite being a man down, Fiorentina sprung to life five minutes later and pulled a goal back through Ljacic, who converted a spot-kick after being fouled by Antonio Nocerino.
The hosts' comeback was complete within several minutes when Mattia De Sciglio brought down Juan Cuadrado inside the area, allowing Pizarro to level proceedings.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Italian striker Antonio Di Natale bagged a brace as Udinese consolidated ninth place thanks to a 3-1 victory over Chievo.
Palermo, who sit second from bottom, boosted their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 win away to Sampdoria, moving them level on points with 17th-placed Siena following their goalless draw against Parma.
Meanwhile, Catania and Cagliari could not find the back of the net and had to settle for a point apiece at the Stadio Angelo Massimino.