Football: Goalkeeper's added-time header against Milan gives Benevento first-ever point

Benevento's Italian goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli is the toast of his team-mates after scoring a late equaliser for a 2-2 Serie A draw against AC Milan on Dec 3, 2017 at the Ciro Vigorito Stadium in Benevento. PHOTO: AFP

MILAN (REUTERS) - Benevento, beaten in their first 14 Italian Serie A football matches, finally grabbed their first-ever point in extraordinary style on Sunday when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored with a flying header deep into stoppage time to give them a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

The result was another deep embarrassment to big-spending Milan, who were playing their first match under new coach Gennaro Gattuso, their fiery former midfielder, after sacking Vincenzo Montella on Monday.

Milan twice led but were pegged back after Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for a second booking in the 75th minute.

Brignoli went up to join the attack after his side won a free kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time and, as the ball was whipped in, he met it with a flying header into the bottom corner of the net to spark wild scenes at the modest Stadio Ciro Vigorito.

The 26-year-old became the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

Benevento should have gone ahead just after the half hour but Vittorio Parigini sent a free header wide from Marco D'Alessandro's cross.

Instead, they found themselves a goal behind when Giacomo Bonaventura headed in at the far post after Benevento missed several chances to clear the danger.

George Puscas snapped up a rebound to give Benevento an equaliser five minutes after halftime but, as so often this season, they undid the good work by quickly conceding another, Nikola Kalinic scoring after being allowed a free header.

Milan, however, handed the initiative to Benevento as the pressure grew after Romagnoli was harshly sent off for a tackle on Gaetano Letizia, even though no contact seemed to be made.

The hosts attacked desperately but were finally rewarded with Brignoli's stunning effort on a memorable afternoon.

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