Milan 3-2 Udinese: Two-goal Rebic the second-half hero at San Siro
Milan had Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez to thank for a highly entertaining home win over Udinese.
The Croatian winger struck moments after his half-time introduction to cancel out Jens Stryger Larsen’s early opener before Theo Hernandez volleyed in a brilliant second, only for Kevin Lasagna to head the visitors level in the 85th minute.
However, the Rossoneri were not to be denied a thrilling come-from-behind win and they had Rebic to thank for a second successive league victory, the 26-year-old keeping his cool to convert in a crowded box deep into added time.
The result at least momentarily lifts Milan up to eighth and gives Stefano Pioli increased hope of leading the team to Europa League qualification.
Pioli’s men appeared likely to endure another frustrating home outing after falling behind in the sixth-minute, wing-back Larsen gifted the goal from an acute angle after Gianluigi Donnarumma raced outside his area and collided with Lasagna.
Donnarumma started to redeem himself with a sharp save from Udinese skipper Lasagna less than a minute after the restart.
The stop proved important as Milan quickly equalised, Rebic converting Andrea Conti’s low cross in the 48th minute to justify Pioli’s half-time withdrawal of Giacomo Bonaventura.
An offside Lasagna drew another excellent save from Donnarumma, who topped that effort by denying Rolando Mandragora at point-blank range.
Juan Musso blocked Rafael Leao’s effort at the other end but was left clutching at thin air 19 minutes from full-time as Hernandez connected sweetly with a half-cleared corner.
Udinese had 19 minutes left to claw back a point and looked to have gained it through Lasagna, the attacker atoning for several missed opportunities by nodding in Larsen’s cross.
Yet that only set the stage for Rebic to steal back the headlines as he weaved multiple desperate challenges and finished coolly with his left foot to bring San Siro back to life at the end of a breathless affair.