Jens Petter Hauge came in and equalized for Milan with a beautiful goal just before the end. Thus, it ended 1-1 at home against Sampdoria.
Hauge, who has had little playing time in the last two months, secured an important Milan point. The goal came after 87 minutes.
He was played through by Franck Kessie and went icy cold by Antonio Candreva, before he alone with Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero put the ball nicely in the far corner.
– It was an important and nice goal. I am very happy to finally have scored again. One point is better than none, although we always chase three points. There are nine matches left, and there are still opportunities for us, Hauge told NTB after the match and continued:
– 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.
Yellow for Thorsby
Before scoring, Hauge had been on the field for a quarter of an hour. It was the youngster’s first goal in the Milan jersey since December 10. At that time, Bodøværingen scored against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.
Morten Thorsby, who impressed a lot for Norway against Montenegro on Wednesday, received a yellow card just before the break for a hard tackle on Rade Krunic.
The hour was over when Sampdoria took the lead, and it was eternal young Fabio Quagliarella who scored. Theo Hernández played the ball straight into the legs of the striker, who saw that Gianluigi Donnarumma stood far out. Quagliarella was icy cold and chipped the ball into goal from 20 yards.
Just after the striker had sent Sampdoria into the lead, Adrien Silva received his second yellow card. This meant that the guests had to play with one man less in the last half hour.
Therefore, Kristoffer Askildsen was substituted three minutes after the red card for striker Manolo Gabbiadini. The jump-in was Askildsen’s fourth this season and the first since he got six minutes on the butt against Udinese on 16 January.
– It was great to get half an hour, even though it was a tough match to get into. Completely different to get combat training than just regular training. I am happy with one point when the match was as it was, Askildsen told NTB after the points division.
Norwegian football history
The 20-year-old’s entry was a historic moment. Never before have three Norwegians been on the field at the same time in a Serie A match.
– It was very cool that we were three Norwegians at the same time. We can play ball up north too! It was fun for Jens Petter with scoring, but not so fun for us, Askildsen said.
One point means that Milan is eight points behind city rival and Serie A leader Inter, who beat Bologna 1-0 with a goal by Romelu Lukaku.
Milan are two points ahead of Atalanta, who beat Udinese 3-2, and four ahead of Juventus, who have one game less played. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2-2 goal saved one point for Juventus in the city derby against Torino.
– I work on learning the language and getting to know my teammates even better. It’s going well and I’m very happy. Then we can hope that we end the season at the level we started it at, says Hauge.
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