Goalkeeper scores last-minute diving header for team's first point of season

Goalkeeper scores last-minute diving header for team's first point of season

Goalkeeper scores last-minute diving header for team's first point of season

In the last of five assed-on minutes, a diving header from Alberto Brignoli - Benevento's goalkeeper - proved enough to rescue a draw and a precious point for the home side.

But Brignoli's decision to move forward in the final seconds paid off as he became the first goalkeeper to score in the Italian top flight since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

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.

"Brignoli has been harshly criticised for some mistakes", said Benevento coach Roberto de Zerbi. I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped. If Benevento had lost again, the southern club would have matched Brescia in 1994-95 for the longest losing streak in Italian league history. "It would have been bad to lose this - we've already lost so many in the last second which we really didn't deserve to lose, like at Sassuolo".

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Milan, who drop to eight, sacked manager Vincenzo Montella earlier this week and replaced him with youth-team boss Gennaro Gattuso. "We've proven we can hold our own against anyone - we just need the breaks to go our way". "We will work to improve the fitness levels and mentality, but I can not reproach my players for anything today".

Milan opened strongly and Giacomo Bonaventura scored one goal - his first since January - and set up another for Nikola Kalinic after George Puscas' temporary equalizer for Benevento.

Despite huge investment in the summer, the result leaves Milan in seventh place in Serie A. Leaders Napoli are 17 points ahead of them already.

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