Sunday 27 May 2018

WATCH: Benevento earn first ever Serie A point thanks to goalkeeper's spectacular 95th minute diving header

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Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored with a diving header five minutes into injury time to seal his side's first Serie A point in a 2-2 draw with AC Milan on Sunday.

Brignoli launched himself at a Danilo Cataldi free-kick and steered the ball past his Milan counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma to spark wild scenes of celebration at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.

Benevento had gone into the game on a record-breaking run of 14 straight defeats on their Serie A debut, and looked set to be heading for another when Nikola Kalinic put the visitors in front.

But Brignoli's decision to move forward in the final seconds paid off as he became the first goalkeeper to score in the Italian top flight since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

Shell-shocked Milan had gone ahead through Giacomo Bonaventura in the 38th minute only for George Puscas to equalise for the hosts five minutes into the second half.

Kalinic swiftly headed the visitors back in front but Milan's hopes were hit when Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for a second bookable offence with 15 minutes remaining.

Brignoli's intervention was another blow for Milan, who had sacked coach Vincenzo Montella last week and replaced him with Gennaro Gattuso.

Afterwards, Brignoli admitted that he just flung himself at the ball.

“It’s a dream to be in Serie A, one we hoped would be better than this. I thought it was 2-1, the 95th minute, we had nothing to lose. I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped. It was a goal-keeper’s dive rather than one of a striker," he told Sky Sport Italia.

“It would’ve been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve, for example at Sassuolo. Today we got some of that back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.”

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