Benevento win first Serie A point after keeper's injury-time header stuns Milan

  • Italian minnows had lost every game of the season
  • Alberto Brignoli header saw them gain a 2-2 draw with Milan

Benevento gained their first ever point in Serie A thanks to an injury-time header from goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli, to earn a 2-2 draw in Gennaro Gattuso’s first game as Milan manager.

The club are playing in their first ever season in the Italian top flight but had lost each of their previous 14 games, and looked to be on their way to a 15th defeat with Milan leading in the 95th minute.

But Brignoli, the goalkeeper on loan at Benevento from Juventus, came up into the box for a Danilo Cataldi free-kick, and rose above the Milan defence to glance a header into the bottom corner.

“It’s difficult to describe,” said Brignoli. “I was thinking: ‘It’s 2-1, the 95th minute, we have nothing to lose.’ I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped. It would have been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve to. Today we got some of that [luck] back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.” Brignoli became the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

Milan, playing their first match since Gattuso replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach last Monday, twice led but were pegged back after Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for a second booking in the 75th minute.

Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic scored for Milan while George Puscas scored Benevento’s other goal.

“We conceded a strange goal and at the moment that’s just what our luck is,” said Gattuso. “We have a long way to go and a lot to improve. “It hurts. A stabbing would have been better than this goal. We’re Milan and we need to be better, because this isn’t enough.”



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Meanwhile, city rivals Inter took full advantage of their rivals’ continued slip-ups by taking over at the top of the table, with a 5-0 win over Chievo.

Ivan Perisic scored a hat-trick for Inter, opening the scoring in the 23rd minute before Mauro Icardi doubled his side’s advantage before half-time. Perisic added his second on 57 minutes and, after a Milan Skriniar header, the Croatian completed his hat-trick when he poked home a loose ball in injury time.

Fiorentina bounced back from four Serie A games without a win as they cruised to a 3-0 home win over struggling Sassuolo. Giovanni Simeone opened the scoring for the Viola just past the half-hour mark and further goals from Jordan Veretout and Federico Chiesa sealed victory.

A late goal from Mattia Destro salvaged a late point for Bologna in a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari, who had led through João Pedro’s 42nd-minute effort.


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