For the first time ever, three Norwegians were on the field at the same time in a Serie A match. And Jens Petter Hauge (21) did not accept to participate.
Milan was in big trouble and was under 0-1 after scoring by Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella when Jens Petter Hauge replaced Samu Castillejo just over a quarter of an hour before full time.
With 87 minutes played, Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic fell dramatically just outside the penalty area.
Jens Petter Hauge kept quiet when he turned up and placed the ball beautifully away in the far corner.
– It was an important and nice goal. I am very happy to have finally scored again. One point is better than none, although we always chase three points. There are nine games left, and there are still opportunities for us, Hauge says to Milan TV.
The goal was Hauge’s second in the Serie A context and his first goal since the Europa League match against Sparta Prague on 10 December.
– I hope it gives Jens even more confidence. He scored an important goal for the team and it will help him become more confident in himself, says Milan manager Stefano Pioli.
Thus, he saved one point for Milan in the match against Sampdoria, where Morten Thorsby started and was eventually accompanied by Kristoffer Askildsen.
Thorsby had a fantastic opportunity to put Gianluigi Donnarumma up another goal 49 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
Milan lags behind in the gold match and is five points behind city rival Inter – on top of that with two games more played. The goal now is to secure the Champions League place.
– There are 27 points to fight for. If we do our job and play at our level, I’m sure we will at least secure our Champions League place. Now we have to work hard and take one fight at a time, says Hauge.
Jens Petter Hauge has not started for Milan since January 18, but says that he is happy.
– It goes really well. I try to improve every day, learn the language and get to know my teammates. I’m very happy right now.
During the national team gathering, Ståle Solbakken revealed that he was not completely satisfied with the bodøværingen.
– He has had a very up-and-down collection, I think. I’ve talked to him a bit about that too, the usually honest national team manager told VG.
– In what way?
– That’s the feeling I have when I see him train. The feeling I have when I saw him play that game against Gibraltar as well, Solbakken said.
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