MILAN – Postponement of the eighth day of the Serie A championship, Milan-Lecce 2-2, goals: Calhanoglu at 19 ', Babacar at 61', Piatek at 81 'and Calderoni at 93'.
Only a draw for Stefano Pioli on the day of his debut as Milan coach. The Rossoneri were blocked on equal terms by an excellent Lecce. A protagonist on each side, Calhanoglu shone in the Milan ranks while Calderoni was decisive for Lecce.
Calhanoglu opened the match in the first half with a right that surprised Gabriel, then in the second half he was the protagonist of a great play with the heel that led to his cross for Piatek who had to do nothing more than bagging in two steps.
In the middle the momentary tie of Lecce with Babacar. The former Fiorentina striker had his penalty saved by Donnarumma but then scored on the rebound. At 93 ', Calderoni set the match on the definitive two by two thanks to a bolide with the left from outside the penalty area that left no way out for Donnarumma.
It is a rather heavy draw because it does not allow the Rossoneri to approach the ranking area where the teams are fighting for a place in the next European cups. With a victory, Milan would have even led to minus four points from the Champions zone. For Lecce it is a further step forward in the key of salvation.
Milan-Lecce 2-2, Calderoni ruins the debut in Pioli.
Pioli made his debut with Milan 4-3-3 with Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Paquetá, Biglia, Kessié; Suso, Leao and Calhanoglu. The former Inter coach sent Piatek to the bench, preferring Leao.
Liverani lines up Lecce 4-3-1-2 with Gabriel; Meccariello, Rossettini, Lucioni, Calderoni; Majer, Tachtsidis, Tabanelli; Mancosu; Falco and Babacar.
Milan immediately close to scoring with Leao. The Rossoneri striker kicked from a good position hitting only the outside of the net. At 5 ', Panagiotis looks for the goal with a volley that does not find Milan's goal. Rossoneri very close to scoring on 11 ', Calhanoglu's bomb shot comes out of a whisker.
At 12 ', Biglia kicked into the goal from a tight angle. His shot was rejected on the line by Lucioni. The Rossoneri asked for his penalty for his alleged handball while the referee did not assign him because Lucioni rejected his conclusion with his shoulder.
The goal was in the air and arrived at 19 'with Calhanoglu. The Turk kicked with his right foot, from a tight angle, but managed to surprise a Gabriel out of position. At 33 ', Kessie's cross shot from the right was blocked without too many problems by Gabriel, the Rossoneri masters of the field but the doubling is late in coming. The first half ended with Milan ahead of a goal against Lecce.
At 56 ', Leao was forgotten by the Lecce defense but in front of Gabriel failed to frame the door mirror. Leao moved very well on the whole offensive front but missed precision in front of the opposing goalkeeper.
At 57 ', Biglia intervenes in a dubious manner on Mancosu in the Rossoneri penalty area. Mancosu had jumped him, Biglia touched him from behind with one hand. According to the referee this contact was not a penalty.
The race director did not go to see him at the monitor of the var. At 58 ', Conti touched the ball with his arm in his penalty area after a cross by Farias. Pasqua went to see him at the var and he awarded the penalty to Lecce.
Babacar kicked to the right of Donnarumma, the Milan goalkeeper rejected his conclusion but was unable to do anything about the winning rivalry of the same Lecce striker. The Apulians drew at 61 '.
At 71 ′, Calhanoglu tries a one-two with a big right on Piatek's air bank but his shot ends at the bottom of Gabriel beaten. Milan again in the lead at 81 '. Calhanoglu frees himself of Lecce's defenders with a spectacular back-heel and crosses for Piatek from the right, the Polish striker scores two passes.
At 93 ', Calderoni impacted the match with a great left from outside the penalty area. It's over, Milan has been blocked on two by two by Lecce. Calderoni ruined the debut in Pioli.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano