Benevento has secured their first point in their Italian top-flight debut after their goalkeeper scored a goal an injury-time to tie 2-2 against Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan.
The Serie A newcomers are playing in their first ever season in the Italian top flight but had lost each of their previous 14 games.
Benevento — who were in the third tier in 2015-16 — had also lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe’s top five leagues, and looked to be on their way to a 15th defeat with Milan leading in the 95th minute.
However, Alberto Brignoli, a goalkeeper on loan at Benevento from Juventus, came up into the box for a Danilo Cataldi free-kick, and rose above the Milan defence to glance a header into the bottom corner to level the score dramatically, and thus becoming the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.
“It’s difficult to describe,” said Brignoli. “I was thinking: ‘It’s 2-1, the 95th minute, we have nothing to lose.’ I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped.”
“It would have been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve to. Today we got some of that [luck] back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.”
The result also extends a bad spell for Milan, who were looking for a fresh start under new coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Gattuso had replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach last Monday, and was frustrated at the sight of his team squandering their lead twice in a game they looked prepared to win despite Alessio Romagnoli’s sending off in the 75th minute.
“We conceded a strange goal and at the moment that’s just what our luck is,” said Gattuso. “We have a long way to go and a lot to improve. “It hurts. A stabbing would have been better than this goal. We’re Milan and we need to be better, because this isn’t enough.”
AC Milan dropped to eighth place with the draw, as Fiorentina leapfrogged them by cruising to a 3-0 home win over struggling Sassuolo to end a spell of four Serie A games without a win.