AC Milan have Jens Petter Hauge to thank for hauling them out of what would have been an incredibly damaging home defeat to Sampdoria on Saturday.
As La Gazzetta dello Sport writes (via MilanNews), the Norwegian came off the bench and scored a late equaliser in his typical style: control, cut in towards the right and then shoot into the far corner. Hauge had gotten a bit lost after a flamboyant start to his adventure in Italy, as Pioli admitted: “He had a physical fogging, but it is physiological, he came when the season in Norway was about to end and he was more brilliant than others.”
Hauge made the most of the opportunity granted him by the coach and provided a turning point to the game, not only with the goal that led to the equaliser but also by creating more problems with his link-up play with Rebic, whom he put through on goal forcing Colley to desperately clear.
Hauge is ‘immature but courageous’, writes the paper, underlining the qualities of the player and hoping that he can be one of the protagonists of the season finale.