By conceding a draw (2-2) against AS Roma when they were leading 2-0 in the 87th minute, during the 17th day of Serie A, AC Milan, victim of an epic end to Louve , can bite his fingers. Caught on the wire, the Lombards come back up to Juventus Turin (37 points), but let slip in the title race the Napoli leader, which is now seven points ahead. Because Napoli had not made feelings, earlier this Sunday, by winning on the lawn of Sampdoria Genoa (2-0) in the tribute match to Gianluca Vialli.
First goal of the season for Kalulu
Stefano Pioli had renewed the winning starting lineup in Salerno (2-1), Wednesday evening, notably by establishing the vice-world champions Olivier Giroud, Theo Hernandez. But it was another Frenchman, Pierre Kalulu who unlocked the match. On a corner taken by Tonali, the defender escaped the marking of Ibanez and deceived Rui Patricio with a stung header (30th).
Faced with a wait-and-see and clumsy Romans in the last gesture, like this failed control from Dybala when arming his shot five meters from the Milan goal (34th) or this shot not rolled up enough from Zalewski (42nd) , the Lombards mastered the meeting, failing to widen the gap by Hernandez whose long shot was hardly repelled by the Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio (52nd) then Olivier Giroud whose head was not supported enough (54th). Freshly entered the game, Pobega believed to free the Milanese with a cross shot from the left, at the conclusion of a school counter led by Leão (77th).
AC Milan cracks on two set pieces
It was without counting on a disheveled end to the match where the Milanese drowned on their lawn soaked by driving rain. On the back foot, Pioli’s team, which had opted for a five-man defense in the final, gave in on two set pieces. At fault on the opener, Ibanez gave hope to the visitors in the 87th minute, arriving launched to head off a corner from Pellegrini at the near post. Feverish, the Rossoneri could not keep the ball and multiplied the faults. Affected, they yielded in added time. On a final free kick on the right side, Pellegrini placed the ball on Matic’s head, free of any markings. Tatarusanu was on the parade but pushed back on Abraham who scored closely (90th + 3) to snatch an unexpected draw.
With a 7-point lead over Juventus Turin and AC Milan, Naples is assured of the honorary title of winter champion in Serie A.