Italian Serie A
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Serie A keeper scores late leveller

Benevento celebrate
Gennaro Gattuso (right) was managing Milan for the first time

Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored an injury-time equaliser against AC Milan to earn his team the first Serie A point in their history.

The keeper, on loan from Juventus, headed in Danilo Cataldi's free-kick to end a record-breaking run of 14 defeats.

Milan led through Giacomo Bonaventura before George Puscas equalised.

Nikola Kalinic headed Milan ahead again and they had Alessio Romagnoli sent off before Brignoli's late leveller.

"I'm not just happy for me but for everyone," Brignoli said. "We've lost so many games undeservedly with goals in the 90th minute but now it's our turn to celebrate.

"It's a dream to be in Serie A although we hoped that it would have turned out better than this. There was nothing to lose. I just closed my eyes and jumped. It was a goalkeeper's goal, not a forward's goal."

Milan, who drop to eighth, sacked manager Vincenzo Montella earlier this week and replaced him with youth-team boss Gennaro Gattuso.

"It hurts. A knife wound would have been less painful than that goal. I would never have expected to concede a goal in the last minute with the opposition goalkeeper scoring," the new manager said.

Serie A debutants Benevento - who were in the third tier in 2015-16 - had lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe's top five leagues.

Brignoli is the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina against Udinese in 2001.

Who is Alberto Brignoli?

Alberto Brignoli
Alberto Brignoli had never scored a goal in his career - unsurprisingly

The 26-year-old goalkeeper has had a fairly unremarkable career. He is on loan from Juventus, though he has never played for the champions. Since joining them in 2015, he has had loan spells with Ternana, Sampdoria, Leganes and Perugia before joining Benevento this summer.

Before joining Juve, he had played for lower league clubs Montichiari, Lumezzane and Ternana.

Against Milan, he was playing in Serie A for only the ninth time - having started once for Sampdoria in 2015-16 and the past eight games for Benevento. He played once in La Liga, for Leganes against Espanyol in 2015-16 - the season his current club were in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

"Brignoli has been harshly criticised for some mistakes," said Benevento coach Roberto de Zerbi. "If you believe until the very end, luck does not always turn its back on you."

Line-ups

Benevento

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 22Brignoli
  • 3Letizia
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 21Costa
  • 17Di ChiaraBooked at 54minsSubstituted forGyamfiat 79'minutes
  • 8CataldiBooked at 29mins
  • 7D'AlessandroBooked at 90mins
  • 13Chibsah
  • 20MemushajSubstituted forCodaat 80'minutes
  • 26PariginiSubstituted forBrignolaat 67'minutes
  • 32Puscas

Substitutes

  • 1Belec
  • 4Del Pinto
  • 11Coda
  • 14Viola
  • 18Gyamfi
  • 23Venuti
  • 24Kanouté
  • 87Lombardi
  • 88Antei
  • 95Gravillon
  • 99Brignola

AC Milan

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 99G Donnarumma
  • 22Musacchio
  • 19Bonucci
  • 13RomagnoliBooked at 75mins
  • 11BoriniSubstituted forAbateat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 79KessiéBooked at 89mins
  • 18MontolivoSubstituted forBigliaat 73'minutes
  • 68RodríguezBooked at 71mins
  • 8Fernández SaezSubstituted forZapataat 87'minutes
  • 5Bonaventura
  • 7N Kalinic

Substitutes

  • 2Calabria
  • 9André Silva
  • 15Gómez
  • 17Zapata
  • 20Abate
  • 21Biglia
  • 29Paletta
  • 30Storari
  • 31Antonelli
  • 63Cutrone
  • 73Locatelli
  • 90A Donnarumma
Referee:
Maurizio Mariani
Attendance:
15,710

Match Stats

Home TeamBeneventoAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

  3. Booking

    Marco D'Alessandro (Benevento) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Ignazio Abate (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marco D'Alessandro (Benevento).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Benevento 2, Milan 2. Alberto Brignoli (Benevento) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danilo Cataldi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  7. Booking

    Ignazio Abate (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

  9. Post update

    Marco D'Alessandro (Benevento) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Milan).

  11. Post update

    Berat Djimsiti (Benevento) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bright Gyamfi (Benevento) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrea Costa (Benevento) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaetano Letizia with a cross.

  14. Booking

    Franck Kessié (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Franck Kessié (Milan).

  16. Post update

    Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bright Gyamfi (Benevento) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Massimo Coda with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Enrico Brignola (Benevento).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Cristian Zapata replaces Suso.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 3rd December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan15123033102339
2Napoli15122135102538
3Juventus15121241142737
4Roma14111227101734
5Lazio14102235161932
6Sampdoria148242820826
7Fiorentina156362619721
8AC Milan156362120121
9Bologna156361818021
10Atalanta155552119220
11Torino154831921-220
12Chievo155551726-920
13Cagliari155191425-1116
14Udinese134091824-612
15Crotone143381127-1612
16Sassuolo153210827-1911
17Genoa142481220-810
18SPAL152491326-1310
19Hellas Verona142391229-179
20Benevento150114836-281
View full Italian Serie A table

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