Lecce 2-2 AC Milan: Goals from Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria in the second half save the champions a point
Lecce 2-2 AC Milan: Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria help the Italian champions bounce back from two goals to salvage a draw… but Stefano Pioli’s side fail to close the growing gap on the leaders to close the Serie A Napoli
- Lecce shocked champions AC Milan with a 1-0 lead after just three minutes
- The hosts then doubled their lead with a header from defender Federico Baschirotto
- Lecce almost took a 3-0 lead but Milan halved the deficit through Rafael Leao
- Milan scraped a tie after a well-placed header from Calabria leveled things
Second-half goals from Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria helped champions AC Milan fight back from two goals down and salvage a 2-2 Serie A draw in Lecce on Saturday.
Lecce shocked his more famous opponents when they took the lead after just three minutes after Theo Hernandez chested in an own goal after a Pierre Kalulu defensive error.
Just two minutes later, the hosts could have doubled their lead when Valentin Gendrey floated a long cross to an unmarked Federico Di Francesco but the Italy winger fired the ball just past the post.
AC Milan’s Davide Calabria saved the champions a point with a second-half header against Lecce
Rafael Leao had halved the deficit for Milan after the champions went 2-0 down in the first half
The hosts made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute after Morten Hjulmand sent a cross into the box and defender Federico Baschirotto headed it into the right corner.
“In the first half we did everything wrong that could have been done wrong. We made completely avoidable mistakes and it was an uphill battle from there,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli told DAZN.
Lecce almost scored another goal when Gendrey converted a pass from Di Francesco, but the French defender headed wide.
Milan reduced the deficit just after the break when Leao caught a Falcone rebound and shot into the net.
Lecce went 1-0 up after just three minutes thanks to a Theo Hernandez own goal following a defensive error by Pierre Kalulu
Federico Baschirotto shocked the champions by giving Lecce a 2-0 lead after just 23 minutes
A well-placed header from Calabria made it 2-2 in the 70th minute.
“I expected a different start to the game considering we had some disappointing results. We should have had the quality and sharpness to control the situation better, which we did in the second half,” said Pioli.
“We reacted well and could have won in the end, but we have to do a lot better.”
The result left Milan second in the standings with 38 points after 18 games, one point ahead of Juventus and nine behind Napoli.
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