Fiorentina 1-1 AC Milan: Hakan Calhanoglu goal rescues the Rossoneri

By Ahmed Bdair -

Hakan Calhanoglu was decisive for the Rossoneri as his goal levelled the scores against Fiorentina, saving Milan from another defeat in the league (1-1). 

The game started in an all too familiar uncoordinated rhythm for both teams, with neither side being able to control the ball early on in the game. The game sprung into life later on in the first half with the first big attack of the game coming from mistakes by both Bonucci and Romagnoli resulting in Giovanni Simeone going one on one with the latter and Alessio having to bring him down with a mistimed challenge. Luckily the referee deemed it as a yellow card and nothing came of the resulting freekick.

Soon after the Viola were back again with Simeone once again being sent through in on goal only for G.Donnarumma to rush out to meet the oncoming striker and make a crucial save.

The final action of the half came from Fiorentina following a delightful cross floated from the left hand side onto the head of winger Gil Dias who forced a good save from Donnarumma to end the half.

The start of the second half brought much of the same with Badelj riffling in a shot that was expertly handled by Donnarumma once again.

Milan’s first opportunity of the game came in the 51st minute off the back of a trademark Suso left side cutback and a curved shot aimed at the top far corner, Sportiello was able to get a hand on it to deny it, however.

Fiorentina scored the opening goal in the 71st minute from a phenomenal Simeone header after a great run in between the two centerbacks saw him put away an easy header from a Biraghi cross.

Milan’s response however, was exactly how you’d like it to be, with Suso receiving the ball at the edge of the box and as usual cutting onto his left to strike a curling shot which was parried by Sportiello only for substitute Hakan Calhanoglu to finish from close range and equalize.

Late chances fell to Gil Dias and substitute Andre Silva but both were denied by relatively easy saves as the game fizzled out to a disappointing 1-1 draw.

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