BENEVENTO produced one of the unimaginable finales of current reminiscence to seize their first level of the season.
After 14 defeats in a row, it was right down to goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli to move dwelling a dramatic equaliser within the 95th minute of the competition.
Talking after the match he revealed he solely went up for the set-piece as a result of he was informed to, as he did not imagine he might make an affect.
He informed Sky Sports activities Italia: “It isn’t that I did not imagine [I could score], it is that it is that the probabilities of scoring state of affairs equivalent to that’s so minimal.
“I’m so glad for everybody. The individuals are dwelling a dream and doubtless thought it will have been higher.
“To be trustworthy, somebody from the bench was shouting ‘Go ahead’, so I informed myself that, at 2-1, I had nothing to lose so I went up and jumped with my eyes shut.
“I simply went on intuition and my leap was extra a goalkeeper’s than an attacker’s.”
The build-up had been dominated by the return of AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso, who had changed Vincenzo Montella as supervisor.
However the match will dwell lengthy within the reminiscence for very totally different causes.
Benevento had come into the match on the again of a European file of 14 consecutive defeats to open the marketing campaign.
And so they regarded intent to finish that file towards seven-time European champions Milan, creating some good, early probabilities.
Nonetheless, they fell behind to a 38th-minute aim, which was the primary impression of Gattuso’s tactical affect bearing fruit.
Giacomo Bonaventura had been deployed primarily as a right-back beneath Montella, however was performed additional ahead right here.
And, after a melee of head tennis contained in the Benevento field which noticed Nikola Kalinic’s effort cleared off the road, it was the 28-year-old’s intelligent diving header which snuck contained in the submit.
However Benevento, who had taken the lead towards Juventus earlier within the marketing campaign, hit again 5 minutes after the break by means of George Puscas’ aim.
Nonetheless, their lead lasted simply seven minutes as under-fire Kalinic, who had been booed by his personal followers when he was taken off towards Torino final week, headed Milan again in entrance.
It regarded like Milan would simply see out the sport till Alessio Romagnoli was proven a second yellow for an expert foul 15 minutes from time.
And that gave Benevento perception. They pumped the ball into the Milan field with out success earlier than being granted an ideal alternative after Ignazio Abate hauled down Marco D’Alessandro.
Danilo Cataldi stepped over the ball and whipped a cross proper into the center of the world — and astonishingly, it was goalkeeper Brignoli who bought his head to it and guided it into the underside header.
It was a really good header by the on-loan Juventus stopper and sparked jubilant scenes amongst his team-mates.
Benevento gamers had been in floods of tears as they claimed an historic first-ever Serie Some extent.