Serie A: Jens Petter Hauge’s late equaliser salvages draw for AC Milan in opposition to Sampdoria; Udinese, Napoli win

Serie A: Jens Petter Hauge’s late equaliser salvages draw for AC Milan in opposition to Sampdoria; Udinese, Napoli win

Milan are 5 factors behind leaders Inter who journey to Bologna afterward Saturday, with their metropolis rivals additionally having a recreation in hand.

Serie A: Jens Petter Hauge’s late equaliser salvages draw for AC Milan against Sampdoria; Udinese, Napoli win

AC Milan’s Jens Petter Hauge celebrates after scoring the equaliser in opposition to Sampdoria. AP

Milan: Norwegian midfielder Jens Petter Hauge snatched a late equaliser to salvage a degree for title-chasing AC Milan whose poor residence run continued with a 1-1 draw in opposition to 10-man Sampdoria on Saturday.

Atalanta and Napoli closed the hole on second-placed Milan with hard-fought wins over Udinese and Crotone.

Milan are 5 factors behind leaders Inter Milan, who journey to Bologna afterward Saturday with two video games in hand on their metropolis rivals.

“At this second Inter have the Scudetto (league title) of their palms, solely they’ll lose it,” stated Milan coach Stefano Pioli, whose facet haven’t received at residence in nearly two months.

Atalanta moved two factors behind Milan into the third place with Napoli two factors additional again in fourth, one forward of fifth-placed Juventus forward of the champions’ metropolis derby at Torino afterward Saturday.

“Milan have sophisticated life for themselves,” continued Pioli of the missed alternative in opposition to mid-table Sampdoria.

“When mentally you may’t get into the sport immediately then the difficulties of the match improve. As we speak we paid dearly.”

Sampdoria dominated the primary half an hour with Milan staying within the recreation because of saves from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who denied Manolo Gabbiadini early and a Morten Thorsby header.

The hosts have been on the again foot after a silly Theo Hernandez go throughout midfield after 57 minutes allowed veteran Fabio Quagliarella to pounce and ship a long-range lob over Donnarumma who was out of his purpose.

It was the 38-year-old Quagliarella’s tenth purpose this marketing campaign, reaching double figures for the fifth consecutive league season, together with his 174 Serie A objectives making him the highest scorer lively within the Italian prime flight.

Claudio Ranieri’s facet went a person down simply after their purpose with Adrien Silva despatched off after choosing up a second yellow card.

‘No excuses’

Ante Rebic got here off the bench for the hosts and threatened with Hakan Calhanoglu denied by Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero earlier than substitute Hauge broke by means of beating the rival defence and curling the ball into the nook.

The hosts missed an opportunity for a late winner with Zlatan Ibrahimovic sending by means of for Franck Kessie who rattled the woodwork.

“There aren’t any excuses,” stated Pioli as Milan’s push for a primary league title since 2011 has been hampered by their poor residence kind with simply two wins out of eight residence video games within the league in 2021.

“There’s disappointment, bitterness and anger.”

The seven-time European champions’ hopes of Champions League soccer subsequent season are additionally threatened.

Atalanta continued their push for a 3rd season of elite European soccer with a 3-2 win over Udinese which got here because of a first-half Luis Muriel brace and Duvan Zapata including a 3rd after the hour mark in Bergamo.

Udinese, in twelfth place, scored by means of Roberto Pereyra earlier than half-time and Stryger Larsen with 20 minutes to go.

Napoli claimed their fourth consecutive win, however not with no battle from backside facet Crotone who misplaced a dramatic contest 4-3.

Lorenzo Insigne picked up a Giovanni Di Lorenzo pull again for the opener the nineteenth minute in Naples, after which had a job in Victor Osimhen’s second minutes later.

The factors seemed to be secured for Napoli when membership document scorer Dries Mertens added a 3rd from a free-kick after half an hour.

Nevertheless, Crotone fought again to 3-3 largely because of a double from Nigerian Simy within the twenty fifth and forty eighth minutes.

However Di Lorenzo made positive the house facet did take the win together with his 72nd-minute strike.

Roma stretched their winless run to a few matches with a 2-2 stalemate at Sassuolo.

The Romans drop to seventh behind metropolis rivals Lazio, who beat Spezia 2-1 because of a Felipe Caicedo penalty awarded after a VAR assessment within the 88th minute.

Fiorentina held on for a 1-1 draw at Genoa regardless of taking part in with a person down after Franck Ribery’s sending off on 51 minutes for a harmful sort out on defender Davide Zappacosta.

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