Milan scraped a point at the Stadio Scida after Marcello Trotta had given Crotone the lead, a missed opportunity considering Empoli and Genoa defeats.
The Calabrians had three wins and a draw going into this clash, but still in the drop zone because Empoli had shocked Milan at San Siro last week. Mattia De Sciglio and Jose Sosa were suspended with Alessio Romagnoli, Ignazio Abate and Giacomo Bonaventura injured. When these sides met at San Siro in December, Diego Falcinelli had opened the scoring only for Abate and Gianluca Lapadula to turn it around late on.
In the opening 95 seconds, Gianluigi Donnarumma needed a flying save to fingertip the Andrea Barberis free kick out of the near top corner.
Crotone were pouring forward from the start and Marcello Trotta held off Cristian Zapata to turn, firing in at the near post. It was certainly deserved, as the Rossoneri barely got out of their own half, but Trotta hadn’t scored in Serie A since October.
Juraj Kucka was booked and will therefore be suspended against Roma next week, while Trotta had the ball in the back of the net again, but was incorrectly ruled offside.
Alex Cordaz was alert to palm a dangerous Suso right-foot strike over the bar from a tight angle after Gerard Deulofeu’s assist. Suso tested the Crotone goalkeeper again moments later, but Deulofeu was booked for simulation.
At the dawn of the second half, Donnarumma was again decisive with his low one-handed save to deny a Trotta angled drive.
Milan equalised in chaotic circumstances, as Kucka nodded down a set play and a crowd of players bundled it over the line from point-blank range. It seemed to come off a combination of Cristian Zapata, Gabriel Paletta and Gianmarco Ferrari.
Moments later it was almost 2-1 for the Rossoneri, as Deulofeu set up Lapadula for a tap-in, but Aleandro Rosi was right there for a goal-line clearance.
Cordaz used his foot to parry a Kucka angled drive at the near post, then flew to palm away a Deulofeu curler from the edge of the box.
Crotone also remained dangerous, in the final minute Trotta drilling wide with Donnarumma beaten. Kucka received his second yellow card deep into stoppages, leaving Milan down to 10 men.
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Sent off: Kucka 95 (M)