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Keeper scores late equaliser to earn Benevento first Serie A point after 14 defeats

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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 eight, 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

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.”

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Line-ups

Benevento

  • 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

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 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
  • 7Kalinic

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamBeneventoAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Marco D’Alessandro (Benevento).

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.

Booking

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

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

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

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Milan).

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

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

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

Booking

Franck Kessié (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Franck Kessié (Milan).

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

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.

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

Foul by Enrico Brignola (Benevento).

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Cristian Zapata replaces Suso.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Milan).

Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrea Costa (Benevento).

Attempt missed. Massimo Coda (Benevento) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Raman Chibsah.

Substitution

Substitution, Benevento. Massimo Coda replaces Ledian Memushaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Benevento. Bright Gyamfi replaces Gianluca Di Chiara.

Attempt missed. Franck Kessié (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Suso following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Andrea Costa.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrea Costa (Benevento).

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Benevento) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danilo Cataldi following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Alessio Romagnoli (Milan) for a bad foul.

Foul by Alessio Romagnoli (Milan).

Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Lucas Biglia replaces Riccardo Montolivo.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Letizia (Benevento).

Booking

Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan).

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