Benevento gets first point vs AC Milan in stoppage time thriller

Associated Press

AC Milan’s season has been one to forget through the early parts of December.

Stuck in seventh position 17 points behind leaders Napoli, the club has already fired one manager this season in Vincenzo Montella, and Gennaro Gattuso’s first match in charge has proved historic, but not in a way AC Milan will savor.

The club visited Benevento, a newly promoted side that has yet to score a point not just this season through 14 matches, but in its entire history.

Until today.

Benevento secured a stunning 2-2 draw to earn its first-ever Serie A point, and they did so in spectacular fashion. With AC Milan up 2-1 but a man down thanks to the 75th minute dismissal of Alessio Romagnoli, Benevento did everything in its power to mark a comeback. Five minutes into injury time, all hope seemed lost, and the home side threw goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli forward for a last-ditch corner.

He scored a diving header. Benevento had its point.

The goal is a stunning capper to a historic match for the club from a small city in the shadow of Naples. Benevento to this point had played 14 matches to a -28 goal differential, however they’d shown recent signs of life losing to Juventus, Sassuolo, and Atalanta all by a single goal over their last three games.

They still sit nine points behind safety, but now they are off the mark and have a signature result to savor. AC Milan, meanwhile, is left to ponder its future even further.