An unlikely hero earned Milan a 2-1 away win over Genoa on Saturday. Playing in the Italian Serie A, on Matchday 7, Genoa welcomed AC Milan at the Luigi Ferrari Stadium. The unlikely hero was the substitute goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who only played due to a Gianluigi Donnarumma’s injury in the warm-up before the match. Reina saved a 93rd-minute penalty, guaranteeing Milan’s three points.
However, before becoming a hero, the Spaniard had failed badly in the first goal of the game, scored by the home owners. 41 minutes into the first half, Lasse Schone took a long-range free-kick and the ball went into the goalkeeper, who let the ball slip into his hands, into the back of the net. He even apologized to his teammates.
In the final round, however, Milan returned to the field with coach Marco Giampaolo promoting two changes that improved the team. Brazilian Lucas Paqueta and Portuguese Rafael Leao took the place of Turkish Hakan Calhanoglu and Polish Krzysztof Piatek.
And right after six minutes, France defender Theo Hernandez equalized with a fine goal after receiving a pass from the left side of the penalty area and, from a narrow-angle, scored past the goalkeeper Ionut Radu. 1-1.
And shortly after, on 57 minutes, Ivorian Franck Kessie turned it around for the visitors from the penalty spot. Davide Biraschi saw a red card thanks to the VAR check. 1-2 Milan.
The game seemed pretty comfortable to Milan, but late on, another Davide was sent off, and this time, it was Davide Calabria, from Milan.
To make things worse, the hosts got a late penalty as Reina knocked down Ivorian Christian Kouame and the referee pointed the penalty spot. But that’s when the Spaniard, who once again saw himself as a villain for his foul, became a hero by grabbing Schone’s shot with a fine save in his low right corner.
The away triumph prompted Milan to end a three-game losing streak at the Serie A, where they now have nine points and are 11th, moving away from the relegation zone, Meanwhile, Genoa have five points, at the 19th place.