Luca Toni scored twice as Hellas Verona beat AC Milan 2-1 Saturday to celebrate its return to Serie A after an 11-year absence as the Italian league opened with a shock.
After Andrea Poli put Milan ahead in the 14th minute following a pass from Mario Balotelli, the 1.96-meter (6-foot-5) Toni struck back with headers in the 30th and 53rd.
''There's no better way to start the season,'' Verona midfielder Massimo Donati said.
It was a disturbing result for Milan ahead of Wednesday's return-leg match with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League playoffs. Milan also gave up a lead in the opening leg, drawing 1-1.
Last season, Milan never lost in Serie A after establishing a lead, winning 21 matches and drawing four.
''The explanation is simple: we played bad football and we played poorly as a squad,'' Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said. ''We needed to control the ball better. We played poorly and they deserved the victory.
''We need to play with more nastiness and more attentively,...