El Shaarawy rescues point as Milan fight back at Serie A

Reuters, Wednesday 31 Oct 2012

Milan have 11 points from 10 games and lie 11th at the Serie A table

El Shaarawy
AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy reacts at the end of the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Genoa at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Milan won 1 - 0 and El Shaarawy scored the winning goal against his former team. (Photo: AP)

AC Milan bounced back from a dismal first-half performance to draw 2-2 at Palermo in Serie A on Tuesday, Stephan El Shaarawy scoring the equaliser with his seventh league goal of the season.

Fabrizio Miccoli converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime to put Palermo ahead and Franco Brienza made it 2-0 immediately after the break as they threatened to hand another defeat to struggling Milan and their coach Massimiliano Allegri.

But Milan suddenly reacted with Riccardo Montolivo pulling one back after 69 minutes before the 20-year-old El Shaarawy rescued a point with 10 minutes left, denying 17th-placed Palermo a second win in 10 games.

Milan have 11 points from 10 games and lie 11th, 14 behind unbeaten leaders Juventus, while Palermo have eight.

Miccoli was a constant menace for Milan in the first half as he dragged a shot wide of the goal, skimmed the crossbar following a bad back pass and curled a free kick narrowly past the post.

It was no surprise when Palermo's playmaker put them ahead from a penalty awarded after an Ignazio Abate handball.

Milan's situation worsened two minutes into the second half when Brienza scored with a low, curling left-foot shot from just outside the area which was misjudged by goalkeeper Marco Amelia.

As the media began sharpening their knives again for Allegri, the coach changed the face of the game by bringing on Bojan Krkic and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Milan suddenly took control with Krkic in a central role and Montolivo pulled one back with a deflected shot.

The visitors continued to dominate and El Shaarawy, the bright spot of an otherwise turbulent season, fired a deserved equaliser 11 minutes later after Samir Ujkani could only parry a Milan shot.

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