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  • Updated: January 18, 2022

Serie A: Spezia Stun AC Milan To Grab First Win, Inter Remain Top

Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Gyasi clinically finished a 96th-minute counter-attack to give Spezia their first Serie A victory away to AC Milan, 2-1, on Monday night.

Inter Milan will be grateful to Spezia as they obstructed local rival AC Milan from claiming provisional top spot if they had won the match on Monday.

Milan's 1-0 loss to Spezia also gave third-place Napoli the opportunity to reduce the gap to two points with a 2-0 win in Bologna.

In the late game, Fiorentina crushed dispirited Genoa 6-0 to jump sixth.

Milan dominated much of the game but spurned a host of chances.

In the 44th minute, Rafael Leao escaped behind the Spezia defence but was flattened by goalie Ivan Provedel kicking wildly at the bouncing ball.

Theo Hernandez fired the penalty wide.

A minute later Leao escaped again and this time reached the ball first and lobbed Provedel to give Milan the lead.

Spezia hit back when Kevin Agudelo, finding a huge hole in the home defence, tapped in a low Daniele Verde cross at the near post after 64 minutes.

As the game entered five minutes of added time, Junior Messias put the ball in the net for Milan, but the referee had already whistled for a foul rather than allow the home team the advantage.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli blamed that decision for what happened next.

"We lost our lucidity after having suffered an injustice, it's a shame," Pioli told the press.

"The responsibility is ours but it must be shared tonight with the referee. It's all the more strange that he didn't whistle for half-fouls during the whole game and now he whistles when the ball is on our player's foot."

Milan applied frenzied pressure and Provedel made three saves from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The first was from a close-range shot, the second from a curling free-kick and the third, and best, to claw away a looping header dropping just under the bar.

Spezia sprung one last counter-attack. Victor Kovalenko rolled the ball across the penalty area to Gyasi, who, with the game on the line, carefully controlled then coolly placed the ball inside the far post.

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Oladimeji Balogun
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