ROME (AP) — Gennaro Gattuso’s debut as AC Milan coach ended in nightmarish fashion when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli equalized in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Benevento its first ever point in the top division with an improbable 2-2 draw Sunday.
Ten-man Milan was protecting a lead when Brignoli came forward for the final play of the match and scored with a long, leaping header following a free kick.
“It’s difficult to describe,” said Brignoli, who is on loan from Juventus. “I was thinking, ‘It’s 2-1, the 95th minute, we have nothing to lose.’ I went up there, closed my eyes and jumped.”
The last goalkeeper to score in Serie A was Massimo Taibi back in 2001 with Reggina.
Benevento had lost all 14 of its matches for the worst start to a season in modern history among Europe’s five major leagues. If Benevento had lost again, the…