After the defeat against Fiorentina on the previous day, AC Milan has now also lost points against low-flyer Salernitana. The Rossoneri did not get further than a 1-1 draw in their own San Siro. Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi were sent out in the last half hour together with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but that trio was also unable to turn the tide for Milan.
AC Milan could not afford a misstep against Salernitana, the number sixteen in Serie A. The Rossoneri did a great job in the battle for second place after a 9 out of 9, but then lost to Fiorentina last week.
Milan, where Alexis Saelemaekers started in the base, immediately took control and developed a few chances. It wasn’t until just before half-time that it was able to crack Salernitana’s code. On a corner kick, Olivier Giroud managed to put his head against the ball. Visiting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (ex-Standard) turned around: 1-0.
De Ketelaere and co onto the field
In the second half there seemed to be no problem for Milan, until after an hour of play the equalizer was suddenly on the board. The red-black rear guard looked pale at that stage: Bradaric was able to operate the fully detached Dia, the Senegalese did not miss. 1-1.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli did not hesitate and immediately made three substitutions. Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi were thrown into battle, as was 41-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Those changes soon seemed to pay off when De Ketelaere – albeit with a bad pass – tried to reach Bennacer. The Algerian went against the grass in the sixteen: initially a penalty was called, but that decision was reversed after an intervention by the VAR.
Ball taken off the line
Milan also kept trying in the final quarter and saw another ball being turned off the line. The home team was warned a few more times by good Salernitan counters. In the end it remained 1-1. Milan does little with that: it is now only fourth, with one point less than Lazio and two points less than city rivals Inter. Leader Napoli already has 20 more. Salernitana remains sixteenth.