Big-spending AC Milan's unhappy run continued on Sunday when they were held 0-0 at home by lowly Genoa in Serie A, and had captain Leonardo Bonucci sent off in the 25th minute for elbowing.
'New' Milan failing to impress
Hapless Benevento became the first side in Serie A history to lose their first nine games of the season as they were sunk 3-0 at home by Fiorentina while AS Roma beat Torino 1-0 to clock up their eleventh successive away league win, a run which began in February.
Milan had lost their previous three Serie A games before being held to a dismal 0-0 draw at home by AEK Athens in the Europa League on Thursday and Sunday's result will put even more pressure on coach Vincenzo Montella.
The seven-times European champions are eleventh with 13 points from nine games despite spending more than 200 million euros ($235.66 million) in the transfer market in the summer.
Bonucci sent off for elbow attack
Milan were already struggling to break down Genoa when Bonucci lashed out at Aleandro Rosi with his elbow at a Milan corner, leaving the Genoa player with a deep cut on his face and needing treatment which took several minutes.
During that time the referee consulted the video replay and showed Bonucci the red card.
To their credit, Milan continued to take the match to Genoa even after they were a man down, creating numerous openings, and their spirited performance could just be enough to save Montella.
But it could also have been much worse for the hosts if Genoa had taken one of several chances at the other end.