Keeper heads home injury time leveller

Goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli earned a place in Italian football folklore after his injury time header earned Benevento their first ever point in Serie A.

In their maiden season in the Italian top flight, Benevento had lost all of their first 14 games and were heading for a 15th – until the 95th minute of Gennaro Gattuso’s first game in charge of opponents AC Milan.

But then on-loan Juventus goalkeeper Brignoli glanced a header into the net from a free-kick to become the first stopper to score in Serie A for 16 years.

Brignoli said: “I was thinking ‘It’s 2-1, the 95th minute, we have nothing to lose.’

“I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped. It would have been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve to.

“Today we got some of that [luck] back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.”

While there was ecstasy for Brignoli and Benevento, it was a morale-sapping outcome for Gattuso after replacing Vincenzo Montella as Milan boss last week.

Gattuso said: “It hurts. A stabbing would have been better than this goal. We’re Milan and we need to be better, because this isn’t enough.”

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