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El Shaarawy scores twice as AC Milan beat Cagliari

MILAN — Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice to help crisis-ridden AC Milan to a much-needed 2-0 win against 10-man Cagliari in Serie A on Wednesday.

El Shaarawy, who also scored in the loss at Udinese on Sunday, netted in each half and also had an effort deflected onto the crossbar as Milan ended the jinx of the new San Siro pitch. It is Milan's first goals at home in any competition this season.

Cagliari had several opportunities to score but had Daniele Conti sent off in the 66th minute to hurt its chances.

Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani missed a penalty but scored a hat trick as Napoli beat title rival Lazio 3-0 to move level on points with defending champion Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.