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Three goals in Serie A and all three against Udinese. Stephan El Shaarawy scored his first of the season away at the Friuli stadium on Sunday.

MILAN - Stephan El Shaarawy opened his account for the season on Sunday, with a stunning 35-yard drive at Udinese.

The striker's overall play was one of the more positive aspects of the Rossoneri's performance in what turned out to be a bitterly disappointing defeat at the Friuli stadium.

The 19-year-old, who he turns 20 at the end of October, has started every game for Milan this season in Serie A and has been given the reigns of the attack by coach Massimiliano Allegri but he was still waiting to celebrate his first goal of the new season. 

However, Udinese always seems to bring the 'The Pharaoh' luck as he had scored in both games last season. Sunday saw him make it three from three. 

He said: "We faced the match with the right spirit and we created more chances than they did in the first half but we need to concentrate more in front of goal as well as in attack.

"We are working hard and we will improve. I feel that I have been finding my form over the last two or three games and it is just a pity that my goal did not help us win. Boateng came on and added something but then it didn't help us that we went down to ten men."

This goal takes El Shaarawy's total to five for Milan, three scored in Serie A and two in the Italian Cup, against Novara and Juventus.

The Italy under-21 international added: "I know I am improving but the important thing is that the whole team improves. I didn't celebrate after my goal because I wanted to get on with the game."

Now that he has got the ball rolling, the Milan faithful will be hoping that the exciting youngster can go from strength to strength and become the fully fledged goalscorer that the team so desperately needs in their hour of need.

Next up it is Cagliari and El Shaarawy will be looking to find the net again as he revealed: "I am happy about my first goal of the season but I want to keep scoring and doing it at home will raise confidence. We know that we are a good team and we are all confident that things will improve."

One player who will be back soon is Robinho and Stephan understands the importance of the Brazilian star: "He has great quality and we need him on the pitch."