Tuesday 24 April 2018

Gennaro Gattuso: Conceding late equaliser to Benevento's goalkeeper worse than being stabbed

Gennaro Gattuso manager of Milan during the Serie A match between Benevento and Milan at Ciro Vigorito Stadium, Benevento, Italy on 3 December 2017. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Gennaro Gattuso manager of Milan during the Serie A match between Benevento and Milan at Ciro Vigorito Stadium, Benevento, Italy on 3 December 2017. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso described conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Benevento's goalkeeper as worse than being stabbed.

Alberto Brignoli scored with a diving header deep into injury time to earn basement boys Benevento a 2-2 draw and their first Serie A point.

Gattuso, who replaced the sacked Vincenzo Montella at San Siro last week, said on Sky Sport Italia: "It burns, it hurts, it would have been preferable to be stabbed.

"I never expected to concede a goal to the goalkeeper in the 94th minute.

Brignoli dedicated his goal, which ended a run of 14 successive defeats, to everyone associated with the club.

"I don't believe it," he said. "It is so difficult to score in a situation like that.

"I'm happy for everyone, for the president who never said a word out of place, for the fans who are living a dream and who certainly expected something better.

"I heard someone say, 'Get on, get in,' so I went to the area to jump and I closed my eyes. It was an instinctive act.

"I jumped like a goalkeeper and not a striker. We have lost so many times in 90 minutes. For once, after months of sacrifice, we've done it."

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