After a goalless first half, Di Natale scored the opening goal of the game in the 67th minute when he handed Udinese the deserved win, which lifts the Zebrette 10 points clear of the drop zone, and to within four points of the Rossoneri, who have now lost two in a row.
The 36-year-old found the net for the ninth time in Serie A this season after a slick break involving Roberto Pereyra and Bruno Fernandes.
Despite the return of leading goalscorer Mario Balotelli from a shoulder injury, it was Di Natale to condemn Milan to back-to-back defeats ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, reports Xinhua.
Milan head coach Clarence Seedorf was disappointed.
“Of course there is disappointment, we can never be happy after a defeat, especially an avoidable one,” he said.
“We weren’ t determined enough in front of goal and today encountered a good goalkeeper. We knew Udinese’ s strength is pouncing on errors and going on the counter, so we should’ ve made better choices in our passing and not tried to go through the middle,” he said.
“I asked straight after the game for the team to focus on the next target, as if we dwell too much on this performance it will sap confidence ahead of next week’s Champions League game,” he said.
Seedorf insisted that Milan could overturn their loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
“We are convinced that we can win, as we can win any football match. We all saw the first leg performance and how that could’ ve gone for us,” he said.
In the other game of the day, Catania were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cagliari.