De Biasi rues mistakes
By Nadia Carminati & Kent Hedlundh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The minnows from Modena were more than holding their own but conceded a late penalty after Paolo Ponzo pulled down Kakha Kaladze and substitute Andrea Pirlo duly converted.
Filippo Inzaghi added a second with a weak header that slipped through the grasp of keeper Marco Ballotta.
Modena rallied and pulled a goal back through Massimo Scoponi, but were unable to salvage a point.
Once again, De Biasi could not fault the efforts of his team, but knows they have to start being a bit more worldly-wise if they are to stave off the threat of relegation.
"We made decisive mistakes," said De Biasi. "But generally my team`s performance has been positive.
"We lost but in the first-half we had two important chances and I want to underline that we created a lot of problems for Milan.
"Having scored at San Siro it's a big satisfaction, but there is also a big sense of regret."
Ballotta`s gaffe could hand new signing Rune Pedersen a chance to impress.
The keeper arrived from Copenhagen on deadline day and Pedersen chose Modena as they were the most determined.
FCK sports director Niels-Christian Holmstrom said: "There were other clubs who were interested, but the offer from Modena proved to be the most attractive."
Pedersen told BT: "It is a terrific conclusion to a nervous day where it looked for a long time like we might not get the decisive pieces in place."
The shot-stopper will now look to challenge Ballotta for a place in the team, and the latter is sure to be nervous following his error.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for Modena, saying: "We had big problems because Modena worked hard and closed spaces.
"The important thing is we had the strength and determination to win."
Milan president Silvio Berlusconi gave a special mention to Pirlo, who held his nerve to score with his first touch as he came on moments after the penalty was awarded.
"I want to congratulate Andrea Pirlo because he showed his coldness and determination," said Berlusconi.