Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze, Italy
Milan ended a run of two consecutive defeats in Serie A as they drew 1-1 with Fiorentina away at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Giovanni Simeone initially headed home to briefly put Fiorentina ahead before substitute Hakan Çalhanoğlu levelled the scores, three minutes later as the hosts extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches.
After quite an evenly contested first quarter of an hour, the hosts had a good opportunity to open the scoring. In the 18th minute Jordan Veretout met Vincent Laurini’s teasing cross with a header, but his effort under-pressure, cleared the bar.
In the 38th minute the visitors were fortunate to not have been reduced to ten men when Alessio Romagnoli, cynically impeded Simeone, who appeared to be through on-goal. The defender was the last man and escaped with just a booking.
Three minutes later la Viola had a good chance to go in front when Marco Benassi sent Simeone through on-goal, the Argentine had just Gianluigi Donnarumma to beat, but his effort was smothered away by the Italian.
On the stroke of half-time the Gigliati very nearly went ahead when Veretout’s pin-point cross-field pass found Gil Dias, whose header at the back-post was palmed onto the top of the crossbar by Donnarumma from point-blank-range.
Fiorentina started the second-half in the ascendancy and a minute into the second-half, they went close to breaking the deadlock when Dias found Milan Badelj, whose curling effort at-goal from outside the area was palmed away by Donnarumma.
In the 50th minute the Rossoneri went close to taking the lead themselves when Suso cut-inside to curl an effort at-goal that Marco Sportiello did well to palm behind.
In the 71st minute the hosts opened the scoring when Cristiano Biraghi’s teasing delivery was headed home by Simeone past Donnarumma.
However the lead lasted barely three minutes as Milan drew level through substitute Çalhanoğlu, who fired home the rebound after Sportiello parried a curling-strike from Suso, who had initially cut-inside.
The result meant that Fiorentina temporarily remained eighth on 27 points, while Milan moved into ninth on 25 points, ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.