Monday, 4 December 2017

'It Would Have Been Better To Be Stabbed Than Conceding A Goal' - Gattuso Says After Milan Draw On Sunday

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso saw his side draw after a 95th minute goalkeeper header on Sunday, and says it would have been better to be stabbed instead.
The former Milan player was well on his way to grab his first win as the club's coach, but a header by goalkeeper Brignoli deep into extra-time rescued a point for Benevento - their first point ever in the Serie A.

Milan winger Giacomo Bonaventura opened the scoring for Milan in the first half before the hosts struck back through George Puscas.

Nikola Kalinic then restored Milan's goal advantage with a header, capitalising on the home side's struggle to clear the ball from a corner, but it would be the Benevento goalkeeper who had the final say.

Deep into the five minutes of stoppage time added onto the end of the game, a free-kick from Danilo Cataldi was met by the head of Brignoli who had been sent into the opposing penalty area to attack the set-piece.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was unable to attempt a save, such was the nature of the header, leaving Benevento to steal a 2-2 draw and record their first point of the season.

"It certainly burns, it hurts. It would've been better to be stabbed," the 39-year-old told Sky Sport Italia after the game.

"It hurts to concede goals like that.
"We suffered in the last 15 minutes but we conceded a strange goal. I would never expect to concede from a goalkeeper in the 95th minute."
"It's such a strong feeling, indescribable," goalkeeper Brignoli also told Sky Sport Italia.

"I dedicate the goal to all the fans who are living a dream that they hoped would have gone better. 

"They [the coaches] told me to go up, that there was nothing to lose. I went to jump, closed my eyes and dived more like a goalkeeper than a striker. 

"We've lost so many games unfairly at the end, even against Juventus. For once, after three months of sacrifice by everyone, it's nice to be able to celebrate.

"This draw is for everyone and it would be selfish to talk only about me."
Prior to Brignoli's effort, the last goalkeeper to score a goal in Serie A had been Massimo Taibi in Reggina v Udinese, in April 2001.

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