Maldini unable to aid Milan form

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Not even the return of Paolo Maldini could help Milan end their run of failing to win at home. Milan lost 1-0 to Empoli yesterday to make it three draws and a loss in four games at the San Siro in Serie A this season.

Empoli forward Luca Saudati scored in the 55th minute with a header in between Maldini and Alessandro Nesta. The 39-year-old Maldini was playing his first game of the season following knee surgery. He had not played since Milan beat Liverpool in the Champions League final on 23 May.

Milan's only win at home this season came against Benfica in the Champions League last month to open their European Cup defence.

Fiorentina won 3-0 over Siena in a Tuscan derby. Giampaolo Pazzini, Adrian Mutu and Christian Vieri scored for the Viola.

On Saturday, Inter beat Reggina 1-0 and Roma were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Napoli.

Atalanta led 2-0 with a goals from Adriano Ferreira Pinto and Cristiano Doni, before Torino came back with only 10 men, Nicola Ventola and Marco Motta the scorers.

While Catania and Cagliari drew 1-1, Goran Pandev continued his fine form with a goal late in the first half for Lazio against Livorno. Lazio played the final 20 minutes with 10 men after Fabio Firmani picked up a second yellow.

In Genoa, Vincenzo Montella put Sampdoria ahead in the 26th minute and Claudio Bellucci added two second-half goals.

Amauri gave Palermo the lead before Gyan Asamoah equalized for Udinese in the 65th with an angled shot.