Sunday December 3 2017
Brignoli: 'Closed my eyes and jumped'

Benevento goalkeeper admits he “just closed my eyes and jumped” when scoring the last-gasp equaliser against Milan for their first ever Serie A point.

He is the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina in 2001.

“It’s difficult to describe! I just went up there and hoped for the best at the last second. I am happy for the fans, the players and the President, who never said anything out of turn. It would be egotistical to talk too much about me, as it’s for everyone,” Brignoli told Sky Sport Italia after the 2-2 draw.

“It’s a dream to be in Serie A, one we hoped would be better than this. I thought it was 2-1, the 95th minute, we had nothing to lose. I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped. It was a goal-keeper’s dive rather than one of a striker!

“It would’ve been terrible to lose this, as we’ve lost so many at the last second that we really didn’t deserve, for example at Sassuolo. Today we got some of that back. We’ve shown that we can play against anyone and just need the incidents to go our way.”