Serie A round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Milan were grateful to Alberto Gilardino for rescuing a point in a 2-2 draw at Fiorentina.
Milan were grateful to Alberto Gilardino's 89th minute goal for rescuing a point in a 2-2 draw at Fiorentina.
Defeat would have heaped further pressure on Carlo Ancelotti's team but the visitors were spared further ignominy by striker Gilardino's opportunism.
Gilardino needed just three minutes to prove his potency, with the Italy international shooting the Rossoneri into a quick lead.
Fiorentina had a two-goal marksman of their own, with former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu getting the first of his two goals from the penalty spot in the 20th minute, to level matters.
Mutu appeared to have completed an impressive turnaround with his team's second goal a quarter of an hour from time, only for Gilardino to strike late.
Ten-man Udinese are up to seventh following a 3-1 win over Cagliari.
Giampiero Pinzi gave Udinese the lead in the 17th minute and Vincenzo Iaquinta doubled his team's advantage just 10 minutes later.
The hosts threatened to implode, though, when Sulley Muntari was shown a straight red card for serious foul play on the stroke of half-time.
But they regrouped and even claimed a third goal through Christian Obodo (52). Andrea Cocco claimed a consolation eight minutes from time for Cagliari.