Goals video: Lecce – AC Milan – Played on 01/14/2023
Milan snatched an exciting draw against its host Lecce, with two goals for each team, in the match that brought them together at the Via del Mare stadium, in the 18th round of the Italian League.
Lecce advanced with two goals through Theo Hernandez, a Milan defender, by mistake, in the 3rd minute, and Federico Bascherotto in the 23rd minute, while Milan equalized with two goals, by Rafael Leao 58 and David Calabria 70.
With this tie, Milan raised its tally to 38 points in second place, 9 points behind leaders Napoli, while Lecce raised its tally to 20 points in 12th place.
The hosts entered the match quickly, and in the third minute, Lecce succeeded in scoring the first goal after Milan defender Calulu lost the ball, so Di Francesco crossed it to Blaine, Theo Hernandez tried to intercept it, hitting his chest and passing into the net.
And there was a clear opportunity to score for Milan in the tenth minute, after an excellent ball from Ibrahim Diaz in the depth of the defense, Bobiga, who was not offside, singled it out, to hit the ball and block the goalkeeper, and it bounced back to Jiro, who followed it up with a shot completely far from the goal.
From the edge of the penalty area, Lecce striker Di Francesco fired a ground shot that passed near the left post of goalkeeper Tatarusano.
Lecce doubled the score in the 23rd minute via Basqueroto, after a short corner was executed to Blaine, who crossed the ball into the area, Federico managed to convert it with a neat header into the net of Tatarusano.
The landlords almost doubled the score with a third goal, after a start from the left side, an incursion and a cross pass. Gendry rose to it higher than the Milan defenders, turning it with a header that passed next to the post in a dangerous and fulfilling opportunity.
And in the 43rd minute, goalkeeper Falconi shone and saved his team from the chance of a goal achieved, through a dangerous header by Olivier Giroud, after the striker took advantage of a cross that he met with an elaborate header, which the Lecce goalkeeper removed with his fingertips to a corner.
3 minutes after the start of the second half, Liao almost reduced the score for Milan, after he fired a shot toward the net, but it hit defender Gendry and passed for a corner.
And in the 58th minute, Liao succeeded in reducing the score by scoring the first goal, after a shot by Jiro from inside the area, the goalkeeper blocked it, to bounce back to the Portuguese on the left side, to fire a perfect shot in the near corner and into the net.
The 69th minute witnessed the return of the Belgian, Divock Origi, Milan striker, to participate with the team again, after he replaced Ibrahim Diaz, to appear for the first time in a long period of absence due to injury.
Milan scored the equalizer in the 70th minute through Davide Calabria, after a cross from Bobega, Giro prepared it with a good header to his colleague Calabria, who met it with another header in the net.
The 78th minute almost announced a third goal for Milan, after Messias singled out, who hit a ball that hit the post, to bounce back to Giroud, to follow it into the goal, but the Lecce defender brilliantly saved it before crossing the line, but the referee blew his whistle, declaring that there was a case of offside Messias at the beginning of the game.
Milan risked receiving another goal by mistake, so in the 83rd minute, Gallo set off from the left, penetrated into the area, to pass a cross that the Milan goalkeeper failed to clear, to pass from him and hit the body of defender Tomori and pass next to the post to a corner, to end the match in a draw (2 -2).