Stephan El Shaarawy ended a 19-month goal famine and Jeremy Menez hit a second-half penalty to earn Milan a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Sampdoria.
Milan had been looking for their first win in four games and travelled to Genoa expecting a tough encounter against a Sampdoria side who conceded their first defeat of the season, away to Inter, only two weeks ago.
El Shaarawy had missed most of last season due to injury problems and falling down the club’s pecking order following the signings of Mario Balotelli and Japan forward Keisuke Honda.
But under the watchful eye of Italy coach Antonio Conte, the 22-year-old gave the visitors an early lead with a fine strike from the edge of the area.
Stefano Okaka hit a leveller on the stroke of half-time and after Eder gave Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side a 51st minute lead Menez beat Sergio Romero from the spot after a Djamel Mesbah handball.
Sampdoria’s fifth draw allowed them to replace Lazio in third to sit five points adrift of leaders Juventus ahead of the champions’ home game against Parma on Sunday.
Roma, who host Torino, are second, three points off the pace while Milan remain in seventh spot, eight points behind Juve but only two ahead of city rivals Inter, who host Verona on Sunday…. see more