ROME (AP) -- Ending with nine men, struggling AC Milan was fortunate to come away with a 1-1 draw at home with Empoli on Sunday in the Serie A lunchtime fixture.
Former Roma forward Mattia Destro scored his first goal with Milan in the 40th minute at the San Siro but veteran Massimo Maccarone equalized in the 68th.
Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez was shown a red card for using his hand to deflect a shot outside the area in the 83rd and Rossoneri defender Gabriel Paletta limped off five minutes later after all three substitutions were used.
Milan, which has won only one of its last seven matches, is 10th -- a massive 23 points behind leader Juventus, which was visiting relegation-threatened Cesena later.
Empoli moved five points clear of the drop zone.