ROME, Jan 28 (Reuters) - AC Milan's perfect home record in Serie A came to an end when they drew 1-1 with Sampdoria on Saturday.
The result interrupted a series of 10 consecutive Serie A victories at the San Siro stadium this season and left Milan third in the table with 47 points from 22 matches, nine behind leaders Juventus who play Ascoli on Sunday.
Earlier, Palermo coach Luigi Del Neri became the eighth Serie A coach to lose his job this season after his side lost 3-1 at home to Siena.
Milan dominated the early stages against Sampdoria and Andriy Shevchenko put the hosts ahead with a 13th-minute penalty after Sergio Volpi had flattened Filippo Inzaghi.
Gradually the visitors found their rhythm and Milan keeper Dida barely reacted when Andrea Gasbarroni blasted a left-foot shot past him to equalise on 36 minutes.
Only the woodwork prevented Sampdoria scoring again before the break as Volpi fired a free kick against Dida's post and Marcello Castellini headed against the upright from a corner.
Milan regained their composure at the start of the second half and pushed forward aggressively in search of a second goal.
Sampdoria keeper Francesco Antonioli pulled off diving saves to prevent Shevchenko and playmaker Kaka restoring Milan's lead.
With 20 minutes remaining Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti sent on Alberto Gilardino in place of Inzaghi in an attempt to grab the winner.
But it was Sampdoria's turn to get lucky when a Clarence Seedorf shot rebounded off the post six minutes from time.
The decision by Palermo to sack Del Neri came as little surprise. The former Chievo Verona coach's position had looked increasingly shaky in recent weeks.
The defeat against Siena was the Sicilian club's fifth in their last seven Serie A matches.
The man who sealed Del Neri's downfall was striker Erion Bogdani, the Albanian hitting a hat-trick to put Siena 3-0 up midway through the second half before Denis Godeas grabbed a consolation goal for the hosts.
The result lifted Siena to 12th in the 20-team table on 24 points, six above the relegation zone. Palermo are 10th.