Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice but AC Milan dropped their first points of the Serie A season as Roma came from behind to draw 3-3 at the San Siro on Monday night.
AllNews understands that the absence of Milan's No. 1 could have led to errors in goal causing two of the three goals scored by Roma.
In an empty stadium after the imposition of a coronavirus curfew, Milan was without goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and young Norwegian winger Jens Petter Hauge, who both recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Veteran Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, who joined Milan in the summer of 2020, made his debut in place of Donnarumma and was twice caught on his line from corners and also spilled a shot in the build-up to Roma's second-half penalty.
Ibrahimovic struck after just two minutes, he ran into a diagonal pass behind the defense from Rafael Leao and he poked the ball past goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.
Milan's problems at corners were not entirely the fault of Tatarusanu. Edin Dzeko was unmarked in front of goal when he headed his team's first equalizer after 13 minutes.
Milan started the second half as they did in the first. Portuguese winger Leao outpaced his fullback and laid the ball back to Belgian Alexis Saelemaekers who guided a shot in from 10 yards out.
French midfielder Jordan Veretout leveled from the penalty spot after 70 minutes following a clumsy challenge by Ismael Bennacer.
Ibrahimovic completed his third double in three league appearances with a penalty after 78 minutes but had an unwitting assist as Roma leveled for the third time.
The Swede jumped to meet an 83rd-minute corner but only deflected it to the far post where Roma's Albanian defender Marash Kumbulla slid into the volley for Roma's third equalizer from close range with Tatarusanu stranded.
Milan, with 13 points, remains at the top of the standings, two points ahead of Napoli who have won all four games they have played, and Sassuolo. Roma remained ninth.