A goal in the second part of Salernitana’s lead Boulaye Day cancelled Olivier GiroudChampions AC Milan’s opening header drew 1-1 at home in Serie A on Monday, making it their third successive winless outing in all competitions.
Milan, which reached its first Champions League quarterfinal in 11 years on Wednesday after eliminating Tottenham Hotspur, sit fourth in the standings with 48 points.
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They are one point behind third-place Lazio and two behind second-place Internazionale, as well as 20 points behind title contenders Napoli.
Milan were able to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, but striker Rafael Leao sent the ball low and deflected to the far post, while brahim diaz He almost missed the chance to change his path and slide home from too close.
Six minutes later, Giroud came close to scoring with a header from a corner, which instead went inches from the crossbar.
However, the French striker gave Milan a 1-0 lead just before half-time when he headed in from a midfielder’s corner. Ismael Bennacerleaving goalkeeper salernitana guillermo ochoa impassive.
Leao could have doubled the home side’s lead in the 52nd minute when Bennacer’s attempted goal struck the Portuguese on the edge of the box and went wide.
The Portuguese striker, who scored in the second leg on January 4, has not found the net in his last seven league games for the first time since the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
Salernitana equalized in the 61st minute due to the unchecking of Dia, who was assisted inside the area by a defender Domagoj Bradaric and made it 1-1 with a shot at the first touch.
Milan were desperate to regain the lead, but despite their advantage in possession and late chances from the defender Alejandro Florenzi and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovicthey could not change the score.
Stefano Pioli’s team, which did not field any Italian player in the starting eleven in a Serie A match for the first time in the three-point-for-win era (1994-95), had a total of 24 goal attempts compared to six shots. by visitors.
“There was no mental or physical deterioration, we just had to do more,” Pioli told Sky Sport. “We conceded an avoidable goal from a throw-in. Then the game got tense and we couldn’t get ahead. A missed opportunity.”
Salernitana, who sealed their first league point at the San Siro, sit 16th on 26 and added a precious point to further extend their lead over the relegation zone to seven.
They then host ninth-placed Bologna on Saturday, while Milan travel to 10th-placed Udinese on the same day.