Fiorentina held by Rossoneri after spot-kick miss

Fiorentina missed a first-half penalty as they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by AC Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday.

Josip Ilicic sent his spot-kick crashing against the woodwork midway through the opening stanza – just one of a whole host of chances for the hosts after they were kept at bay by Rossoneri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The draw saw Milan remain unmoved in sixth position, having extended their unbeaten run in the league to three matches, with La Viola down in 12th after also going four games undefeated.

Neither keeper was required to make a save in the first half, although there were plenty of wasted opportunities from both teams.

Ilicic failed to take three of those himself but his most glaring miss came on 23 minutes, when Fiorentina were awarded a penalty for a foul on Borja Valero by Davide Calabria – but the Slovenian hit the post.

M'Baye Niang had gone close for the visitors on two occasions just minutes before they had conceded the spot-kick, although both strikes from inside the area missed the target.

After a quite first half, Donnarumma was kept busy after the break as Paulo Sousa's side went in search of the opening goal.

The teenager pulled off a smart save to deny Valero from inside the box just two minutes into the second half and kept out a low strike from Nikola Kalinic on 55 minutes.

Ciprian Tatarusanu was called into action for the first time at the other end three minutes later, making a routine save from Mattia De Sciglio – MIlan's one and only shot on target in the match.

But Donnarumma was soon tested again as he was forced to stop Valero and Federico Bernardeschi in the space of two minutes, while Kalinic fired off another shot that failed to beat the young gloveman in the closing stages.

Carlos Bacca could have snatched a late win for Vincenzo Montella's men when he latched onto a pass from Matias Vecino, but the Colombian's shot flew narrowly wide of the far post.

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