MILAN (AP) – Milan’s slim hopes of winning the Italian League title suffered a further setback Saturday as they drew 1-1 at their own stadium with Sampdoria, who played with 10 men.
Jens Petter Hauge salvaged a point for Milan three minutes before the end, and the hosts had a chance to take all three points, but Franck Kessie’s shot bounced off a post.
Fabio Quagliarella opened the scoring in the 57th after a horrendous mistake by Milan, but two minutes later Sampdoria was sent off by their midfielder Adrien Silva.
Inter Milan will have the opportunity to widen the difference with their escort Milan to eight points if they win later in Bologna. In addition, he has one game less than his rival.
All 10 Serie A games are played on the same day due to Easter Sunday. Juventus and Torino star in the Turin classic.
Sampdoria went on the offensive, and Milanese goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had several good saves. But there was nothing he could do when Quagliarella intercepted a bad pass from Theo Hernandez and kicked the goal over Donnarumma’s head.
Soon after, Sampdoria’s good work was hurt by the expulsion of Silva, who had already seen the yellow card and received the second after an intentional clash with Samu Castillejo.
Milan had trouble creating scoring opportunities. He finally managed to tie when Hauge finished low to the right post after a pass from Kessié.
In injury time, Kessié received a pass from Zlatan Ibrahimović, but his shot crashed into the left post.