Hauge strikes late as Milan draws against 10-man Sampdoria

Sampdoria looked like taking home three points from the fixture but with three minutes of regulation time to go, Jens-Petter Hauge scored the leveller to salvage one point for Milan.

Jens-Petter Hauge (right) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Sampdoria on Saturday-REUTERS

Substitute Jens-Petter Hauge’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for AC Milan at home to 10-man Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday, cancelling out an inspired lob from veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella.

Claudio Ranieri’s side created the better chances in the first half as Manolo Gabbiadini’s curling effort and a powerful Morten Thorsby header required sharp reaction saves from Donnarumma.

However, Milan went in at the break having failed to register a shot on target for only the third time this season.

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Hernandez’s slack pass fell into Quagliarella’s path in the 57th minute and the 38-year-old guided in a first-time lob to reach 10th league goals for the season.

The visitors were soon reduced to 10 men two minutes later when Adrien Silva picked up a second yellow card for a reckless challenge.

Milan could not find a breakthrough until Hauge curled a shot into the far corner in the 87th minute.

A point does little for the Rossoneri’s fading Serie A title hopes, however, as it left the second-placed side five points behind leader Inter, having played two more games. Sampdoria remained 10th with 36 points.