Milan slip in top four race with Salernitana draw
AC Milan slipped up in Serie A’s race for the Champions League on Monday after permitting suffering Salernitana to flee the San Siro with a 1-1 draw.
Champions Milan can have drawn degree on 50 issues with second-placed Inter Milan however keep fourth following Boulaye Dia’s 61st minute leveller after Olivier Giroud had headed the hosts in entrance at the stroke of half-time.
It used to be a deeply disappointing outcome after getting into Monday’s fit on a top following qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night time.
“We had to do better, this was a chance and we knew it was… we need to grow up a bit,” stated Milan trainer Stefano Pioli to Sky.
“We wish to develop mentally, as a result of we are a group that are supposed to be aggressive each in Europe and Italy.
“We’re playing five days after a good performance which should have given us energy and intensity and looking at how we conceded our goal we were lacking something.”
Giroud’s 8th league objective of the season got here simplest moments after goalkeeper Mike Maignan had stopped Dia netting the hole objective for Salernitana with a very good take on at the fringe of field.
Stefano Pioli’s facet have been denied the risk to return forward from the penalty spot halfway thru the second one half of when referee Federico La Penna overturned his personal determination to awarded a spot-kick for a Domagoj Bradaric foul on Ismael Bennacer.
Guillermo Ochoa then pulled off two very good saves to disclaim Divock Origi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Alessandro Florenzi being staring at aghast as his overdue effort fell into the palms of Ochoa who used to be susceptible at the goalline.
“When you play a great team like Milan you know you’re going to have to dig in,” stated Ochoa.
“It’s a great point for the future, for our chances of survival.”
Milan drawing is excellent news for Inter who fell to a surprise defeat at Salernitana’s relegation competitors Spezia on Friday night time.
Inter may have fallen 18 issues at the back of champions-elect Napoli however none in their competitors for the rest 3 puts in the top four received this weekend.
Just 3 issues separate Inter and fifth-placed Roma, with Atalanta some other 5 issues again in 6th after being run over by way of the Napoli identify educate on Saturday night time.
Salernitana in the meantime keep sixteenth however handle the seven-point hole between them and Verona, who take a seat simply within the relegation zone.