Milan rescue late draw as title challenge takes hit

Substitute Jens Hauge‘s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to 10-man Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday, cancelling out an inspired lob from veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella.

A careless pass by Milan defender Theo Hernandez was pounced on by Quagliarella in the second half, and he lifted a perfect finish over goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from long range.

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The visitors were soon reduced to 10 men for the final half hour when Adrien Silva picked up a second yellow card for a reckless challenge.

Milan made hard work of finding a way back into the game until Hauge’s pinpoint finish in the 87th minute, and midfielder Franck Kessie‘s deflected strike came back off the post in stoppage time.

A point does little for the Rossoneri’s fading Serie A title hopes, however, as it left the second-placed side five points behind leaders Inter, having played two more games. Sampdoria remained 10th with 36 points.