AC Milan, Rome upset while Inter labor to beat Udinese

14:23, September 12, 2010      

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho's debuts for AC Milan ended in disappointment as the Rossoneri were stunned 2-0 by newly promoted Cesena in the Serie A on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic started but hardly made his presence noticed and Robinho came off the bench in the 56th minute, but could do little to salvage the visitors who were 2-0 behind after Erjon Bogdani and Emanuele Giaccherini had already scored for Cesena.

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri blamed his players for "lacking team ethics".

"It's difficult to find positives from this game," he said. "This system requires everyone to work for everyone else, it's something I've been trying to tell the team since the day I took over at Milan."

"You can have all the stars that you want, but without that team ethic, you'll get nowhere," he said.

In another surprise, AS Roma, who were reduced to 10 men in the first half, lost 5-1 at Cagliari. And reigning champions Inter Milan rode their luck to record an unconvincing 2-1 home win over Udinese.

Samuel Eto'o's effort after his penalty was saved midway through the second half gave Inter and new coach Rafael Benitez their first league win after a drab 0-0 draw at Bologna in their opening game before the international break.

Lucio had bundled in Wesley Sneijder's corner at the far post following a mistake from goalkeeper Samir Handanovic early in the first half to hand the European champions the lead.

Antonio Floro Flores then headed in Antonio Di Natale's cross for the equaliser just after the half hour mark.

Rafa Benitez, coach of Inter, called his first Serie A victory over Udinese "an important result".

"It was an important result today, for many reasons, and I must thank the fans because they cheered us on for 90 minutes," said Benitez.

"All the forwards have to move more off the ball, both to attack and help the midfield. We started the game well, then lost control of the middle of the park.

"Towards the end we improved and could've scored a third goal. In the second half we worked together as more of a team unit," he said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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