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Serie A: Franck Kessie Helps AC Milan Snatch 1-1 Draw against Udinese

AC Milan and Udinese (Photo Credit: Twitter)

AC Milan and Udinese (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Franck Kessi scored a late penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw for AC Milan against Udinese in Serie A.

Franck Kessie scored a penalty with the last kick of the match to rescue a 1-1 draw for title-chasing AC Milan against Udinese in Serie A on Wednesday.

Rodrigo Beco looked to have secured Udineses first win at Milan in nearly five years before a needless handball from Jens Stryger Larsen.

It was Milans first match without injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovi and the Rossoneri remained second in the standings, three points behind Inter Milan, which visits relegation-threatened Parma on Thursday.

Udinese moved nine points above the relegation zone.

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Ibrahimovi picked up his latest injury in the 2-1 win at Roma last weekend but was watching from the stands and he looked more and more disappointed as the night wore on.

It was a match of few chances as Udinese sat back and tried to hit Milan on the counterattack.

The visitors almost took the lead three minutes into the second half but Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli cleared Ilija Nestorovskis header off the line.

Milan didnt heed that warning and Udinese went in front in the 68th minute when Beco headed in a corner.

Milan appeared to be heading for a surprise defeat before Larsen raised his arm way over his head as he leapt in the area and the Udinese defenders hand connected with a Rossoneri corner.

Kessi kept his cool to drill the penalty into the bottom right corner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

RACE FOR FOURTH

There were two late penalties and Sassuolo also hit the woodwork twice in an extraordinary 3-3 draw against Napoli, which had a goal disallowed.

Napoli dropped to sixth, three points below Roma and five below fourth-place Atalanta, which routed bottom club Crotone 5-1.

Roma won 2-1 at Fiorentina.

Lorenzo Insigne thought he had given Napoli the lead in the 21st with a solo effort but it was ruled out for offside.

Instead it was Sassuolo which went in front, nine minutes from the interval, when Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovi got the final touch on a Domenico Berardi free kick.

Piotr Zieliski curled in the equalizer two minutes later but Berardi restored Sassuolos advantage with a penalty in first-half stoppage time after Elseid Hysaj had fouled Francesco Caputo.

Sassuolo had chances to extend its lead but Berardi and Caputo both sent strikes off the woodwork within 90 seconds of each other.

And Napoli leveled moments later when Giovanni Di Lorenzo tapped in Insignes cross.

Both sides fought for the winner in an end-to-end finale. Napoli looked to have won it when Insigne converted a penalty in the final minute after Luk Harasln barged over Di Lorenzo.

But Sassuolo was awarded a penalty of its own five minutes into stoppage time after Kostas Manolas bundled over Harasln and Caputo secured a draw with the last kick of the game.

DERBY DRAW

Genoa drew 1-1 against city rival Sampdoria Derby della Lanterna.

Cagliari moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Bologna. Hellas Verona won 3-0 at Benevento.