MILAN (AP) — Injury-hit AC Milan was plunged further into crisis by a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.
Luis Muriel’s 69th-minute penalty was enough to consign Milan to its fourth successive defeat in all competitions.
Milan was third in December but one point from its past four league matches has seen it slip to eighth, 10 points behind the Champions League places.
“That’s football,” Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said. “There’s a lot of regret because of the number of chances we created … it’s certainly a crisis of results, but we have to try to remain calm.
“We’re still in the fight for Europa League places. We have to focus on our path … there’s time. If we continue playing well, we’ll 100 percent get there. I don’t think you can lose so many matches playing like this.”
Milan is 14 points behind league leader Juventus, which hosts Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia later.
Sampdoria moved up to 10th after its first win over Milan since 2012.
“A draw would have been fairer,” Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo said. “Milan pressed us in our half and we’re not used…