AC Milan 1-1 Sampdoria: Jens Petter Hauge’s late strike rescues a point for Stefani Pioli’s men to cancel out Fabio Quagliarella’s opener as they are held to a frustrating draw at San Siro against ten-man visitors
- AC Milan were held to a frustrating home draw against Sampdoria on Saturday
- Jens Petter Hauge struck late on to cancel out Fabio Quagliarella’s opener
- The visitors were reduced to ten men as midfielder Adrien Silva saw red
- Milan are second in the Serie A table, five points behind leaders Inter Milan
Substitute Jens-Petter Hauge’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to 10-man Sampdoria on Saturday as the Rossoneri’s fading Serie A title hopes suffered another major blow.
A careless pass by Milan defender Theo Hernandez was pounced on by Fabio Quagliarella in the second half, and he fired an inspired lob over goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from long range.
The visitors were soon reduced to 10 men for the final half hour when Adrien Silva picked up a second yellow card for a reckless challenge.
Sampdoria had taken the lead at the San Siro thanks to Fabio Quagliarella’s second half goal
AC Milan left it late to secure a point at home as Jens Petter Hauge struck in the dying minutes
AC Milan: Donnarumma, Saelemaekers (Kalulu 46), Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez, Bennacer (Tonali 60), Kessie, Castillejo (Hauge 74), Calhanoglu, Krunic (Rebic 60), Ibrahimovic
Subs not used: Tararusanu, Dalot, Meite, Gabbia, A. Donnarumma
Goal: (Hauge 87)
Booked: Saelemaekers, Bennacer,
Sampdoria: Audero, Bereszynski, Tonelli, Colley, Augello (Yoshida 89), Candreva (Leris 90), Thorsby, Silva, Damsgaard (90), Gabbiadini (Askildsen 62), Quagliarella (Balde 84)
Subs not used: Ramirez, Jankto, Regini, La Gumina, Ferrari, Ravaglia, Letica
Goal: (Quagliarella 57)
Booked: Colley, Candreva, Thorsby, Silva x 2
Milan made hard work of finding a way back into the game until Hauge’s pinpoint finish in the 87th minute, and midfielder Franck Kessie’s deflected strike came back off the post in stoppage time.
Milan have not won on their own ground since beating bottom side Crotone on February 7, a run of six games in all competitions that marks their worst home form since December 2013.
A point does little for the Rossoneri’s fading Serie A title hopes, as it left the second-placed side five points behind leaders Inter, having played two more games. Sampdoria remained 10th with 36 points.
Claudio Ranieri’s side created the better chances in the first half as Manolo Gabbiadini’s curling effort and a powerful Morten Thorsby header required sharp reaction saves from Donnarumma.
Despite fielding a near-full strength side, Milan went in at the break having failed to register a shot on target for only the third time this season.
Hernandez’s slack pass fell into Quagliarella’s path in the 57th minute and the 38-year-old guided in a first-time lob to reach 10th league goals for the season.
Silva’s poorly-judged slide tackle left his side a man down two minutes later, but Milan could not find a breakthrough until Hauge curled a shot into the far corner.
Kessie was inches away from completing a remarkable turnaround when his finish was deflected off the post in the dying minutes.
On-loan Chelsea defender Fiyako Tomori in action against Quagliarella early in the game
Former Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva was given an early bath after two yellow cards
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to inspire the Italian giants to victory on a frustrating day
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