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Serie A: Ante Rebic on target as AC Milan snatch thrilling win, Inter held in Lecce

Ante Rebic, who joined AC Milan on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season, came on at halftime and levelled from close range within three minutes, before scoring the injury-time winner.

By: Reuters | Updated: January 19, 2020 10:12:37 pm
Ante Rebic celebrates after scoring AC Milan side’s opening goal. (Source: AP Photo)

Ante Rebic broke his AC Milan duck by scoring two second-half goals including a stoppage-time winner to give them a thrilling 3-2 win over Udinese in Serie A on Sunday.

Milan, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic starting for the first time since returning to the club for a six-month loan, made a terrible start as they went behind after six minutes.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma rushed out of his area and collided with Udinese’s Kevin Lasagna, leaving Jens Stryger Larsen to score into an empty net.

Rebic came on at halftime and levelled from close range within three minutes, his first goal since joining on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season.

Donnarumma made amends for his mistake with saves from Rolando Mandragora and Stefano Okaka before Theo Hernandez rifled Milan in front from outside the area, meeting the ball first time after a clearance was headed straight to him.

Ibrahimovic fired over from Rafael Leao’s pass before Lasagna silenced the San Siro by heading Udinese level in the 85th minute.

But Rebic had the final word when he collected a loose ball on the edge of the area and threaded his shot through a pack of defenders and into the bottom corner.

INTER TRIP UP AGAIN

Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-battling Lecce in Serie A on Sunday, dropping points for the second weekend in a row.

Inter substitute Alessandro Bastoni headed in a second-half opener four minutes after coming on, but Lecce soon drew level through captain Marco Mancosu.

Marcelo Brozovic hit the post for Inter in the first half but Lecce, who went into the game on a four-match losing run and without a home win all season, went close to grabbing a late victory when Filippo Falco’s free kick struck the woodwork.

Antonio Conte’s side, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta last Saturday, are second and one point behind leaders Juventus, although they will be cut four points adrift if the champions beat Parma later on Sunday.

Lecce remain in 17th place on 16 points, one above the relegation zone.

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