Serie A: Jens Petter Hauge celebrates after scoring the equalizer for AC Milan.© AFP
Norwegian midfielder Jens Petter Hauge snatched a late equaliser to salvage some extent for AC Milan whose poor house run continued with a 1-1 draw in opposition to 10-man Sampdoria on Saturday. Milan are 5 factors behind leaders Inter who journey to Bologna afterward Saturday, with their metropolis rivals additionally having a recreation in hand. They are 5 factors forward of champions Juventus and Atalanta, who play Torino and Udinese respectively afterward Saturday. “Milan have complicated lives for themselves,” mentioned coach Stefano Pioli whose aspect haven’t received at house in virtually two months.
“When mentally you can’t get into the game right away then the difficulties of the match increase. Today we paid dearly because we didn’t win.”
Sampdoria had dominated the primary half an hour with Milan staying within the recreation due to saves from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who denied Manolo Gabbiadini early and a Morten Thorsby header.
And the hosts had been on the again foot after a silly Theo Hernandez move throughout midfield after 57 minutes allowed veteran Fabio Quagliarella to pounce and lob from a distance over Donnarumma who was out of his aim.
It was the 38-year-old Quagliarella’s tenth aim this marketing campaign, reaching double figures for the fifth consecutive league season, along with his 174 Serie A objectives making him the highest scorer lively within the Italian prime flight.
Claudio Ranieri’s aspect went a person down simply after their aim with Adrien Silva despatched off after choosing up a second yellow card for a foul on Samu Castillejo.
Ante Rebic got here off the bench for the hosts and threatened with Hakan Calhanoglu denied by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero earlier than Hauge broke by way of beating the rival defence and curling the ball into the nook.
The hosts missed an opportunity for a late winner with Zlatan Ibrahimovic sending by way of for Franck Kessie who rattled the woodwork.
Milan’s push for a primary league title since 2011 has been hit by their poor house type with simply two wins out of eight house video games within the league in 2021.
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