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Milan win 24-penalty shootout to reach Europa

  • Published at 09:42 pm October 2nd, 2020
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AC Milan players congratulate goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma following their Europa League playoff away to Portugal's Rio Ave Thursday Reuters

An impressive AC Milan are unbeaten in all competitions since March 8 this year

Seven-time European champion AC Milan scored a penalty at the end of extra-time before winning a 24-penalty shootout against Portugal’s Rio Ave Thursday to squeeze into the Europa League group stage.

Milan, unbeaten in all competitions since March 8, were trailing 2-1 until Rio Ave defender Toni Borekovic handled in the area and Hakan Calhanoglu made it 2-2 from the spot with the last kick of the match.

Both sides converted their first seven penalties in the shootout, missed their eighth and scored their ninth.

They then missed two in a row each, with the two goalkeepers Pawel Kieszek and Gianluigi Donnarumma among the culprits, before Simon Kjaer converted Milan’s 12th attempt and Aderaln Santos’s effort was stopped by Donnarumma as Milan won 9-8.

Alex Saelemaekers had given Milan a 51st-minute lead before Francisco Geraldes levelled and Gelson put Rio Ave 2-1 ahead at the start of extra-time.