Keeper scores late equaliser to earn Benevento first Serie A point after 14 defeats

Alberto Brignoli

Alberto Brignoli was making only the ninth Serie A appearance of his career

Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored an injury-time equaliser against AC Milan as they picked up the first Serie A point in their history.

The keeper, on loan from Juventus, came forward for a free-kick and headed in Danilo Cataldi’s free-kick to end a record-breaking run of 14 defeats.

Milan led through Giacomo Bonaventura before George Puscas equalised.

Nikola Kalinic headed Milan ahead again and they had Alessio Romagnoli sent off before Brignoli’s famous leveller.

The seventh-placed visitors sacked Vincenzo Montella and replaced him with youth-team boss Gennaro Gattuso this week.

Serie A debutants Benevento – who were in the third tier in 2015-16 – had lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe’s top five leagues.

Brignoli is the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina against Udinese in 2001.

Who is Alberto Brignoli?

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Alberto Brignoli had never scored a goal in his career – unsurprisingly

The 26-year-old goalkeeper has had a fairly unremarkable career. He is on loan from Juventus, although has never played for the champions. Since joining them in 2015, he has had loan spells with Ternana, Sampdoria, Leganes and Perugia before joining Benevento this summer.

Before joining Juve, he had played for lower league clubs Montichiari, Lumezzane and Ternana.

Against Milan, he was playing in Serie A for only the ninth time – having started once for Sampdoria in 2015-16 and the last eight games for Benevento. He played once in La Liga, for Leganes against Espanyol in 2015-16 – the season his current club were in the Lega Pro Prima Divisione.

Live Text

Match ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

Second Half ends, Benevento 2, Milan 2.

Marco D’Alessandro (Benevento) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ignazio Abate (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco D’Alessandro (Benevento).

Goal! Benevento 2, Milan 2. Alberto Brignoli (Benevento) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danilo Cataldi with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ignazio Abate (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

Marco D’Alessandro (Benevento) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Milan).

Berat Djimsiti (Benevento) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bright Gyamfi (Benevento) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Andrea Costa (Benevento) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaetano Letizia with a cross.

Franck Kessié (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

Franck Kessié (Milan).

Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Bright Gyamfi (Benevento) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Massimo Coda with a headed pass.

Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enrico Brignola (Benevento).

Substitution, Milan. Cristian Zapata replaces Suso.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Milan).

Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrea Costa (Benevento).

Attempt missed. Massimo Coda (Benevento) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Raman Chibsah.

Substitution, Benevento. Massimo Coda replaces Ledian Memushaj.

Substitution, Benevento. Bright Gyamfi replaces Gianluca Di Chiara.

Attempt missed. Franck Kessié (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Suso following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Andrea Costa.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrea Costa (Benevento).

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Benevento) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danilo Cataldi following a set piece situation.

Second yellow card to Alessio Romagnoli (Milan) for a bad foul.

Foul by Alessio Romagnoli (Milan).

Gaetano Letizia (Benevento) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Milan. Lucas Biglia replaces Riccardo Montolivo.

Nikola Kalinic (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Letizia (Benevento).

Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan).

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