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Empoli holds AC Milan to a 0-0 draw.
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2006 20:11 GMT

Oliveira rues another wasted chance

AC Milan's dire Serie A season got even worse when they were held to a goalless draw at Empoli.

Milan striker Ricardo Oliveira looking the man most likely to break the dead lock, but he had two first-half efforts denied by the woodwork.

The draw left Milan with just eight points, five above the relegation zone, and the pressure is building fast on manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Milan came into the match having lost four of their last five games and were desperate to halt their slide.

But despite dominating for long periods, they couldn't unlock the miserly Empoli defence.

Oliveira was first denied by the woodwork in the 17th minute when his deflected drive rattled the crossbar.
  
And he was frsutrated again in the last minute of the first half, his angled drive thumping the base of the post.
  
The manager has put his team's slump down to the psychological impact of their failure to overturn an eight-point penalty for match-fixing and the loss of several key players due to injury.
  
According to reports in the Italian media, Ancelotti's reign will be over if they miss out on a Champions League spot for next season.

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