Milan, Empoli pick up wins

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There were victories for AC Milan and Empoli in Saturday's Serie A action from Italy.

AC Milan 3-2 Palermo (San Siro Stadium)

Carlos Bacca scored a brace as AC Milan completed a 3-2 victory over Palermo at the San Siro.

Bacca opened the scoring in the first half, latching on to a clever back-heel from Giacomo Bonaventura from inside the area.

Palermo equalised 10 minutes later, as Oscar Hiljemark headed home while diving backwards past keeper Diego Lopez.

But Milan retook the lead shortly before half time as Bonaventura powered a free kick over the wall and into the top left-hand corner.

Palermo were proving to be stubborn opposition, however, and they again equalised after half-time as Hiljemark picked up his second, putting the finishing touches on a well worked passing move by stroking the ball past the keeper.

Milan had the final say, however, as Bacca powered a header into the back of the net 15 minutes from time.

Udinese 1-2 Empoli (Stadio Friuli)

Empoli picked up its first three points of the season in Serie A on Saturday, coming from a goal down to beat 10-man Udinese 2-1.

Duvan Zapata gave the home side the lead in the 19th minute, heading in Antonio Di Natale's cross from near the left corner.

But with a little less than 20 minutes to go, Udinese midfielder Panagiotis Kone was sent off for a second yellow card.

Empoli took full advantage of their numerical advantage, levelling the score through Leandro Paredes within a minute of the sending off before Massimo Maccarone scored the winner in stoppage time, driving home a powerful shot to earn a valuable win for his side.