Flamini goes from hero to zero as AC Milan stumble against Napoli
Agence France-Presse in Rome
AC Milan's Mathieu Flamini went from hero to zero as he first scored and was then sent off in the 1-1 draw at home to Champions League rivals Napoli.
Flamini opened the scoring with his second goal of the season on the half-hour, but Goran Pandev brought the visitors level in the 33rd minute.
The Frenchman then went on to get himself sent off in the second half. The 1-1 draw means Milan have just six matches to make up a four-point gap on second-placed Napoli if they are to achieve automatic Champions League qualification.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri still believes his side can make it into second place.
"With four points and six rounds to play there are still many chances for us to catch Napoli," he said. "Napoli are a side capable of defending their lead, but this is an important point for us, because we have maintained a certain distance from Fiorentina.
"Football is unpredictable, so we have to be wary. In any case, third place is a great achievement considering how we started the season."
Meanwhile, Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri feels his side should have taken all three points from the clash. "I am not remotely satisfied with the result, as we pegged Milan back in their own half and I really wanted to win this game," he claimed.
"Looking at the incidents, we deserved a victory.
"Towards the end, when Milan went a man down, I really saw us coming away with all three points, but we weren't clinical enough.
"We always allow our opponents more chances than we should."