Milan held to thrilling draw by Genoa

football05 May 2024 19:21| © Reuters
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 AC Milan were held to a thrilling 3-3 Serie A draw at home against Genoa on Sunday, as second-half goals by Matteo Gabbia and Olivier Giroud put them on course for victory before a late own goal from Malick Thiaw rescued a point for the visitors.

Second-placed Milan have 71 points, six ahead of Juventus who play later on Sunday. Genoa are 12th with 43 points.

The match started in the worst way for the hosts as Genoa's Mateo Retegui converted a penalty five minutes in, following a trip by Fikayo Tomori on Alessandro Vogliacco.

Milan then got on top, with Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martinez making several impressive saves to deny the hosts an equaliser for much of the first half, before Alessandro Florenzi managed to break free from his marker just before the break to head in Milan's leveller.

However, Genoa shocked the home crowd again three minutes after the break when Caleb Ekuban headed a cross past Milan keeper Marco Sportiello.

Milan turned the game around in three minutes, as Gabbia headed home in the 72nd minute and Giroud scored the hosts' third of the match with a volley from an acute angle.

Yet Genoa continued to push and a cross into the Milan box was inadvertently turned into his own net by defender Thiaw.