Jubilant Zapata sure AC Milan deserved last-gasp Inter draw

Jubilant Zapata sure AC Milan deserved last-gasp Inter draw

Jubilant Zapata sure AC Milan deserved last-gasp Inter draw

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella hailed the first Chinese-owned city derby as a "great advert" for Italian football after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Inter Milan on Saturday.

Long-suffering Milan fans had reason to feel positive on Easter weekend after the club was taken over by Chinese-led consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux two days ago in a multi-million euro deal.

Milan are two points clear of Inter in sixth position ahead of a vital Serie A match in the race to secure European football next season.

Milan kept pressing, however, and were rewarded for their perseverance when central defender Alessio Romagnoli volleying home Suso's cross in the 83rd minute to set up a grandstand finish.

Inter had led 2-0 from Antonio Candreva's long-range effort on 36 minutes and Mauro Icardi's conversion of a low cross eight minutes later.

"It's not true to say that there was no reaction in the second half with Crotone, the team reacted and we didn't deserve to lose".

"We know that we need to be aiming to win every game".

New Milan President Yonghong Li was in the stands for the match, which kicked off at 12:30 p.m. local time - flawless for prime time Chinese television audiences seven hours ahead.

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"We are angry because we could have had more points than we do and we could be fighting for third or fourth place".

Defeat on Saturday would leave Inter five points adrift for the final Europa League spot and Pioli knows that time is running out for his side.

"At the end of the day though, we had to win".

Montella's side pushed to get a lifeline subsequent to the break but Perisic must have made it 3-0, the Croatia winger shooting directly at Donnarumma after being picked out by Icardi following a swift counter attack.

Deulofeu, though, started exerting his influence and forced a great one-handed save from Handanovic with a bouncing strike before narrowly failing to reach Bacca's ball to the back post.

With seven minutes remaining Romagnoli launched the fightback with a volley from Suso's cross that beat Handanovic.

And Zapata sent the Rossoneri faithful into raptures in the last seconds of the match, steering the ball off the bar and clearly over the line following Manuel Locatelli's corner, with the referee blowing for full-time just as the Milan celebrations began.

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