Jens Petter Hauge snatched a late equaliser and Franck Kessie hit the woodwork in stoppages, but Milan were poor in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Sampdoria.
The Rossoneri were still missing Davide Calabria, Alessio Romagnoli, Rafael Leao and Mario Mandzukic, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Hakan Calhanoglu were revitalised on international duty, with Ante Rebic’s two-match ban halved on appeal. Alexis Saelemaekers was surprisingly used at right-back, where he already plays for Belgium. Samp were without Ernesto Torregrossa and Albin Ekdal, so launched Mikkel Damsgaard, fresh from two goals and two assists in two Denmark games.
It was an aggressive Sampdoria start, Gianluigi Donnarumma flying to fingertip the Manolo Gabbiadini curler out from under the bar.
Theo Hernandez needed a fantastic defensive interception to sneak in behind Damsgaard and poke the Gabbiadini assist off his foot from nine yards.
Moments later, Donnarumma flew to palm away a Morten Thorsby bullet header from a corner.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had timid penalty appeals waved away for a coming together with Tommaso Augello.
The game changed when Theo Hernandez made a foolish square pass across the midfield, intercepted by Fabio Quagliarella, who immediately floated the lob over helpless Donnarumma from a good 30 metres out.
However, Sampdoria then made a huge mistake in return, as Adrien Silva was already on a yellow card when he lunged into Samu Castillejo and was inevitably sent off.
Ante Rebic came off the bench and had a shot charged down, while Hakan Calhanoglu’s effort was deflected wide.
The first genuine shot on target from Milan came on 83 minutes, when Rebic prodded off the outside of the right boot from four yards to beat Emil Audero, but Omar Colley got back to clear practically off the line.
It was Hauge’s pass for that chance and the youngster did it himself moments later for the equaliser. Hauge got down the left, cut inside to commit two defenders and then curled right-footed into the far bottom corner.
Milan suddenly woke up and almost turned it around 60 seconds later, Audero at full stretch for a tough one-handed save to parry Calhanoglu’s rocket.
In stoppages, Ibrahimovic sent Kessie clear with a ball off the outside of the boot, but Bartosz Bereszynski confirmed his excellent performance with a desperate block to deflect it onto the woodwork.
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Sent off: Silva 59 (S)