Salernitana vs AC Milan

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Witness the complete replay and highlights of the showdown between Salernitana and AC Milan. This riveting match is part of the 2023/2024 Italy Serie A, Matchday 17. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Friday, December 22, 2023. The referee for this intense encounter is Daniele Doveri from Italy, and the venue is the Stadio Arechi in Salerno. Be prepared to witness an exhilarating football clash between these two powerhouse teams. Experience all the drama, skill, and excitement as Salernitana takes on AC Milan in this highly anticipated showdown.

Salernitana vs AC Milan Full Match Reports

AC Milan squandered an opportunity to close the gap on the Serie A (SA) top two, settling for a 2-2 draw against bottom-ranked Salernitana. Despite Luka Jović’s late equalizer, the outcome extends the Rossoneri’s winless streak on the road in the league to four matches (D3, L1).

Salernitana, having accumulated only eight points from their initial 16 SA fixtures, entered the clash five points adrift of safety. The challenge of facing third-placed Milan loomed as a tough test for Filippo Inzaghi’s side. However, it was the hosts who nearly grabbed an early lead when Boulaye Dia’s close-range effort forced a parry around the post by Mike Maignan. This narrow escape energized the Rossoneri, leading to a breakthrough in the 17th minute. Fikayo Tomori found the back of the net from Rafael Leão’s cut-back in the six-yard box.

Despite falling behind, Milan controlled possession, but Salernitana showcased attacking prowess in the final third. Maignan had to be vigilant to prevent Ismaël Bennacer from scoring an own goal, while Candreva’s powerful strike narrowly missed the target. Undeterred by these close calls, the hosts leveled the score three minutes before halftime through center-back Federico Fazio. He rose highest to meet Candreva’s corner, directing a towering header beyond Maignan.

Milan, determined to regain control after the break, struggled to create clear-cut chances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s best opportunity was thwarted by Benoît Costil. The visitors’ lackluster performance was punished when Candreva beat Maignan at his near post, giving Salernitana a surprising lead in the 63rd minute.

Stefano Pioli’s team sought a late response in the final 20 minutes, but Costil’s stunning double save denied Jović. However, the Serbian striker had the last laugh, tucking home from Olivier Giroud’s knock-down to salvage a point for Milan in the final minute of the 90’. The result widens the gap between Milan and SA frontrunners Inter Milan and Juventus, emphasizing the urgency for Pioli’s side to bounce back against Sassuolo next weekend. Salernitana, despite ending a three-match losing streak, remains four points adrift of safety.

Man of the Match: Benoît Costil (Salernitana).