Struggling AC Milan draws 1-1 at Parma in Serie A


ROME (AP) -Budget-strained AC Milan gave up the lead in a 1-1 draw at Parma on Saturday in Serie A, reviving the possibility that club President Silvio Berlusconi could remove manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Teenage striker Stephen El Shaarawy put Milan ahead in the 50th minute with his fourth goal in three matches but Daniele Galloppa equalized in the 66th with a free kick that passed through a porous Milan wall on a rainy night at the Ennio Tardini stadium.

"In the first half we controlled and there were no risks," Allegri said. "In the second half there wasn't as much space and we had trouble creating. I'm sorry, but unfortunately that's how football works. If you don't close out matches you leave yourself at risk. It's too bad."

Allegri yelled at his players to move closer together in the wall for Galloppa's free kick, to no avail.

"The wall needs to be compact and stay still and shouldn't allow the ball to pass underneath it," Allegri said. "Especially on a night like this, when it's tough to kick it over the wall."

Milan has just two wins in six matches and is six points behind co-leaders Juventus and Napoli. Juventus was hosting Roma later, while Napoli visits Sampdoria on Sunday.

Milan is struggling to overcome the loss of an entire squad's worth of top players, including the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, who both bolted for Paris Saint-Germain. Stalwarts Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf also left.

Parma is coached by former Milan standout Roberto Donadoni, who is among those being mentioned as a possible replacement for Allegri.

Parma is one point behind Milan, which visits Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Milan controlled for much of the match but had trouble finding the target.

Newly signed Bojan Krkic, Kevin-Prince Boateng and El Shaarawy were among the most active players for the Rossoneri.

Bojan, in particular, made a big impact. The Spanish forward placed a long shot just over the bar in the 43rd, then provided the cross that led to El Shaarawy's goal, with the 19-year-old then dribbling by a defender and scoring with an angled shot.

In the 52nd, Bojan set up Boateng behind the defense with an excellent vertical pass but the midfielder headed wide, and Parma then began to push forward at the other end.

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