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Udinese stun AC Milan to hand Giampaolo losing start

Udinese's Bosnian midfielder Mato Jajalo (C) celebrates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Udinese vs AC Milan on August 25, 2019 at the Friuli stadium in Udine. [AFP Photo]

AC opened the season with a 1-0 defeat at on Sunday. The struggling Milanese giants had no shots on target in Udine's Dacia Arena and were stunned when the hosts' new Brazilian defender Rodrigo Becao nodded in a corner kick on 72 minutes.

Udinese handed AC 's new coach Marco Giampaolo a losing start when a Rodrigo Becao header gave them a shock 1-0 win in Serie A on Sunday.

Becao, making his debut after joining from Bahia in his native Brazil, rose above the Milan defence at the near post to head in from a corner in the 72nd minute on a sweltering afternoon in Udine.

It was a largely toothless performance by Milan who replaced Gennaro Gattuso with former Sampdoria coach Giampaolo during the close season in a bid to improve on last season's fifth place and to take them back to the Champions League.

suffered a scare in the 81st minute when the ball appeared to brush defender Samir's arm as he jumped at a corner but, after a VAR review which took nearly four minutes, the referee decided against a penalty.

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