Erick Pulgar's late penalty salvaged a 1-1 Serie A draw for 10-man Fiorentina against Milan on Saturday.

Fiorentina were heading for defeat at Stadio Artemio Franchi, but Asmir Begovic – on in place of the injured Gianluigi Donnarumma – was unable to keep out a Pulgar spot-kick five minutes from time after Alessio Romagnoli was adjudged to have fouled former Patrick Cutrone.

Pulgar's penalty cancelled out Ante Rebic's second-half opener, with the Croatia forward having netted his sixth goal in his last six Serie A appearances.

Matters looked even bleaker for Fiorentina when Dalbert was shown a red card for a foul on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but ultimately it was Milan who were left hanging on, Dusan Vlahovic and Martin Caceres missing late chances to win it.

 

Milan head coach Stefano Pioli claimed his players have started to embrace his football philosophy but was coy on their hopes of securing a Champions League place.

The Rossoneri moved up to eighth place in Serie A after a 1-0 win over Torino on Monday thanks to Croatia forward Ante Rebic's first-half strike.

It ensured Milan went unbeaten in nine home games in a row in all competitions for the first time since January 2017.

Pioli, 54, has regularly faced scrutiny over his position during a testing season, having replaced Marco Giampaolo in October last year.

"I am happy with both the result and the performance, we are forming an identity and a way of being on the pitch," Pioli said in his post-match news conference.

"And we still have 14 games to go up the table. We are always under scrutiny, but it is normal and also beautiful in certain respects. 

"You can't think about the future now, there is still so much to do, the future will be decided at the end of the season.

"I had asked for an important effort. We also suffered because of us because we could immediately end the game in the second half.

"I am satisfied with the team's recent performances, but it can be improved in the final phase of matches."

Pioli, however, played down his side's chances of making a sustained end-of-season surge to finish in Serie A's top four.

Milan are still 10 points behind Atalanta, who occupy the fourth Champions League spot after 24 matches of the season, with Pioli keen to keep expectation levels grounded.

"Can we dream of the Champions League? There is only room to prepare well for the next game in five days," Pioli added.

"It is a difficult match against a strong Fiorentina, then we will think about the league table from Saturday evening.

"Winning, gritting one's teeth and fighting is positive. We could certainly have finished the game earlier.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic came out angry because he wanted to end the game, instead we missed some chances in transition and we had to suffer to the end."

Ante Rebic scored his sixth goal of 2020 as Milan claimed a first win in four in all competitions and climbed to eighth place in Serie A with a 1-0 victory over Torino on Monday.

In-form Rebic found his opportunities limited earlier in the season but has now scored in three consecutive games after strikes against Inter and, in the Coppa Italia, Juventus.

Unlike in those matches, Milan this time held onto their lead to secure a victory that boosts their hopes of a Europa League place.

Torino, who rarely threatened at San Siro, have a five-point cushion to the relegation places but have now suffered four consecutive defeats.

Ante Rebic was once again the match-winning hero as Milan beat Brescia 1-0 at Stadio Mario Rigamonti to make it three Serie A wins in a row and climb up to sixth place.

The Croatia international scored twice in last week's 3-2 home win against Udinese, including a last-gasp strike, and netted the only goal in Friday's clash with Brescia.

Milan are now unbeaten in five matches in all competitions this calendar year but they also had Gianluigi Donnarumma to thank for this latest victory.

Donnarumma made a number of big saves at 0-0, paving the way for Rebic to fire in the winner with 19 minutes remaining as Milan maintained their upward momentum.

Without the suspended Mario Balotelli against his former club, Brescia nearly opened the scoring 34 minutes in when Florian Aye forced Donnarumma into a low save.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a header kept out earlier in the half and was guilty of missing a sitter five minutes before half-time, the veteran striker somehow failing to find the target from six yards.

Ernesto Torregrossa sent an acrobatic scissor-kick volley just wide and then had a goal ruled out for offside, moments after Dimitri Bisoli's near-post shot was saved by Donnarumma.

Donnarumma was proving to be the busier of the two keepers and he did well to stop two more Torregrossa efforts in quick succession.

It was Milan who opened the scoring with 71 minutes on the clock, however, as Ibrahimovic's cutback was not dealt with by Brescia and Rebic fired home the loose ball from five yards.

Samu Castillejo had a goal disallowed for an offside infringement late on and Theo Hernandez hit the crossbar, though it did not matter as Milan saw things through.

What does it mean? Milan maintain European charge

Milan have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 since Serie A action resumed after the mid-season break, seeing them make up ground on the European spots.

They are now in possession of a Europa League berth, but Stefano Pioli will no doubt be eyeing fourth-place Roma, who are seven points better off with a game in hand.

Donnarumma denies determined hosts

He was at fault for Udinese's opening goal in Milan's 3-2 win last week, but Donnarumma was back to his best here as he kept his side level with a series of saves.

The 20-year-old was kept particularly busy by Torregrossa, who had two shots repelled in the space of 23 seconds just after the hour mark.

Horror moment for Zlatan

Pioli credited Ibrahimovic with helping to improve Milan's fortunes since re-joining the club, but he had an off day here and will not want to watch back his first-half miss.

Hernandez's cross looked a simple one to finish from the edge of the six-yard box, only for Ibrahimovic to place it wide under little pressure. 

What's next?

Milan host Torino in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Tuesday, while Brescia are back in action eight days from now with a Serie A trip to Bologna.

Stefano Pioli said the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has "raised the level of training" at Milan, who are unbeaten in three Serie A matches with the 38-year-old striker involved.

The Rossoneri on Sunday beat Udinese 3-2 in an entertaining encounter at San Siro, where an error by Gianluigi Donnarumma allowed the visitors to take the lead after six minutes through Jens Stryger Larsen.

Second-half strikes from Ante Rebic and Theo Hernandez turned the game on its head before Kevin Lasagna's 85th-minute equaliser.

There was one final twist, though, as Rebic won it deep into stoppage time and Pioli revelled in a third successive victory, but warned Milan have plenty of room for improvement.

"I have to congratulate my players on their performance against the team that caused us a lot of problems," the Milan boss told DAZN.

"We still have to work a lot, because today we showed our quality but there were also moments of relaxation where we exposed to rival blows."

He added: "I asked my players that this week would be perfect and we succeeded, although it was hard.

"This should teach us that the match never ends. We will still work on efficiency."

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Ibrahimovic played the full 90 minutes and Pioli was full of praise for the veteran striker's performance, as well as that of Rebic after he scored three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute and struck again at the death.

"Ibra is an added value in our daily work," Pioli said of Ibrahimovic. "He raised the level of training.

"Rebic has been hoping for more opportunities, he always trains well, and after Christmas he returned very determined and willing.

"Everyone who wants to help the team will be given chances."

Substitute Ante Rebic completed a match-turning second-half double in the 93rd minute to earn Milan a rollercoaster 3-2 victory over Udinese in Serie A on Sunday.

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.

Ante Rebic set himself the target of a Derby della Madonnina goal against Inter after confirming his agent held talks with AC Milan's city rivals.

Croatia international Rebic moved to the Rossoneri in a deadline-day swap that saw Andre Silva head to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The winger could have been turning out for the opposition in next weekend's San Siro showdown had Inter's discussion with his representatives led to a deal.

But after sealing a two-season loan switch to Marco Giampaolo's side, Rebic made his loyalties clear.

"I didn't speak to Inter, my agent had talks with them, but I don't know anything about it," the 25-year-old said at his presentation to the media on Friday.

"Once I knew of Milan's interest I had no doubts. When I also asked my father he told me Milan was the best option.

"I hope to have a great season. The derby will take place on my birthday [September 21]. I want to give myself a gift with a goal but I especially want to win."

Ahead of that match comes Sunday's trip to Verona, where Rebic could make his Milan debut.

Rebic spent time at Verona on loan from Fiorentina in 2016 but believes he is now better prepared to flourish in Serie A.

"I arrived when I was young," he said.

"After my experience in Frankfurt I feel perfectly ready to play here. I have grown a lot and I feel ripe for this adventure."

Milan lost to Udinese and beat Brescia to secure three points from their two games before the international break.

Eintracht Frankfurt took Europe by storm last season as they went on a memorable and breathtaking run to the Europa League semi-final.

Spearheaded by Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic, Eintracht were only spot-kicks away from their first European final since 1980.

Jovic, Haller and Rebic combined for 57 goals across all competitions and 41 in the Bundesliga, where Eintracht threatened to qualify for the Champions League before ultimately finishing seventh.

However, the star trio – put together by Eintracht mastermind and director of sport Fredi Bobic – have since departed for Real Madrid, West Ham and AC Milan respectively.

While pocketing a substantial profit, Adi Hutter's Eintracht have been left with big shoes to fill. Can Bas Dost, Andre Silva and Dejan Joveljic step up? We at Omnisport look at the club's new forwards.

 

BAS DOST

The towering Dutchman is no stranger to German football, and he has already made an immediate impact in Frankfurt. Haller's move to West Ham prompted Eintracht to turn to former Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, who scored a staggering 76 goals in 84 league games for Portuguese giants Sporting CP. The 30-year-old previously spent four years in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, scoring 36 goals and winning the DFB-Pokal as well as the DFL-Supercup in 2015. And the €7million already looks like money well spent by Eintracht after he marked his debut with a goal in the club's 2-1 victory against Fortuna Dusseldorf.

ANDRE SILVA

The footballing world is yet to see the best of Silva but at the age of 23, the Portuguese striker has plenty of time to establish himself. Silva arrived at Milan from Porto amid much fanfare in 2017 but the Portugal international spent last season on loan with Sevilla, scoring nine LaLiga goals and 11 across all competitions. Silva, who netted 10 goals across all competitions for Milan in 2017-18, started the Rossoneri's win over Brescia on August 31 before being included in the deadline-day swap deal involving Rebic. A two-year loan will provide Silva with a chance for some much-needed continuity at Commerzbank-Arena.

DEJAN JOVELJIC

The next Jovic? After selling leading scorer Jovic to Madrid for a reported €60m, Eintracht signed Joveljic from Red Star Belgrade. Like Jovic, Serbia Under-21 international Joveljic was born in Bijeljina and both played for the Serbian giants. Eintracht lured the 20-year-old forward – who scored eight goals and supplied two assists in 17 league matches last season – on a five-year deal. Joveljic has already made eight appearances for Eintracht this term. He announced himself with the winning goal on debut for Eintracht in their Europa League qualifier against Flora in July.

Ante Rebic has completed his switch to AC Milan, with Andre Silva moving in the opposite direction to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Rebic joins Milan on Monday's transfer deadline, the Croatia international swapping the Bundesliga for Serie A on a two-year loan deal.

Rebic had been linked to Serie A rivals Inter throughout the transfer window but the former Fiorentina forward – who arrived at Eintracht from La Viola on an initial loan deal in 2016 – returns to Italy via Milan.

He moved to Fiorentina from RNK Split in 2013 but struggled to make an impact before being loaned out to RB Leipzig and Hellas Verona.

Rebic eventually made his way to Eintracht, where he completed two successive loan spells before the German side made the deal permanent for around €2million at the end of 2017-18.

The 25-year-old, who was part of the Croatia team that reached the 2018 World Cup final, scored 10 goals across all competitions last season.

Rebic scored nine Bundesliga goals and supplied four assists alongside former star team-mates Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, who joined Real Madrid and West Ham respectively in the close season.

The trio played a key role in Eintracht's memorable run to the 2018-19 Europa League semi-finals, but Adi Hutter will be hoping Silva can help fill the void up front after agreeing a two-year temporary deal.

Silva arrived at Milan from Porto amid much fanfare in 2017 but the Portugal international spent last season on loan with Sevilla, scoring nine LaLiga goals and 11 across all competitions.

The 23-year-old arrives after new signing and fellow forward Bas Dost scored on his debut in Eintracht's 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Time is running out for clubs across Europe to finalise last-ditch deals but multiple big moves could yet go through.

Paris Saint-Germain are bound to be active players as Monday's transfer deadline forces heavyweights in France, Italy, Spain and Germany to make tough decisions on squad strengths and weaknesses.

Bundesliga teams have until 18:00 local time (17:00 BST) to conduct their business, while the window shuts at 20:00 local time (19:00 BST) for Juventus, AC Milan, Inter and the rest of Serie A.

All close-season movements across Europe's top five leagues will be then finalised when the deadline for LaLiga and Ligue 1 sides is reached at midnight local time (23:00 BST).


Mauro Icardi (Inter)

The Inter outcast, stripped of the captaincy earlier this year, seems set to escape to PSG, but not before another twist in his San Siro soap opera.

Reports in France and Italy suggest the striker will agree a new deal with the Nerazzurri - to prevent him from leaving on a free in 2021 - before linking up with Thomas Tuchel's team on a season-long loan.

That could be become a permanent move if, as is expected, the Ligue 1 champions negotiate an option to buy.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is preparing to join Icardi at Parc des Princes, with Alphonse Areola headed in the opposite direction.


Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP)

Frustrated in their attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United and seemingly unconvinced by Tottenham Christian Eriksen, Madrid might finally have settled on a midfield target.

Portugal international Fernandes was linked to Manchester United and Tottenham before Zinedine Zidane zeroed in on the 24-year-old, a highly technical player with goalscoring ability.


Neymar (PSG)

The fallout that would come from the forward finally rejoining Barcelona in the remaining hours makes it a deal too important to ignore, even if it is now highly improbable.

Neymar is said to have resigned himself to another season in France but, with Icardi to be added to what is already a star-studded attack, PSG might just relax one or two of their demands.

Tuchel, certainly, could do without a full campaign of massaging the Brazilian's ego.


Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)

Barca's late business is more likely to be focused on what to do with Croatia midfielder Rakitic, who has made no starts and a solitary substitute appearance in LaLiga this season.

Juventus are understood be keen on taking him to Turin and could even discuss a swap deal involving Daniele Rugani, though captain Giorgio Chiellini's long-term knee injury has made centre-backs a valued commodity for Maurizio Sarri.

Rakitic, usurped by Frenkie De Jong at Camp Nou, has been replaced in the Croatia squad, so does that mean he's on the move?

Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)

AC Milan are very close to the capture of a player also admired by city rivals Inter.

Rebic is due to move to the Rossoneri on an initial loan deal that will see Andre Silva head for Frankfurt.

Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic and the attacker himself have already confirmed an agreement is in place, meaning only the formalities are to be completed.

Ante Rebic said he is "very happy to be here" as the Eintracht Frankfurt star confirmed his protracted move to AC Milan.

Rebic is poised to swap Eintracht for Milan on an initial loan deal prior to Monday's transfer deadline, with Andre Silva due to move in the opposite direction.

The Croatia international, who was absent for Eintracht's 2-1 Bundesliga win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, landed in Milan on Sunday.

"I'm very happy to be here. Forza Milan," Rebic told reporters as he walked to his hotel.

Rebic had been linked to Serie A rivals Inter throughout the transfer window but the former Fiorentina forward – who arrived at Eintracht from La Viola on an initial loan deal in 2016 – is set to return to Italy via Milan.

The 25-year-old, who was part of the Croatia team that reached the 2018 World Cup final, scored 10 goals across all competitions last season.

Rebic scored nine Bundesliga goals and supplied four assists alongside former star team-mates Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, who joined Real Madrid and West Ham respectively in the off-season.

"It looks as though we will probably have a swap-deal. Ante Rebic will leave to join AC Milan, and all going well, Andre Silva will come to us," Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter told the Bundesliga website following Sunday's victory.

"It was Ante's wish to join a big club, and all involved are happy about the situation."

Eintracht Frankfurt and AC Milan have agreed a swap deal involving Ante Rebic and Andre Silva, according to the Bundesliga club's sporting director Fredi Bobic.

Croatia international Rebic was left out of Sunday's 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf amid speculation he was close to moving from Frankfurt to San Siro.

Bobic expects the forward to complete a switch to Milan on Monday before the transfer deadline, while Portugal striker Silva is due to sign for Eintracht. It is believed both players will move on loan.

"The clubs have an agreement," Bobic told Sky in Germany. "If everything goes OK, Silva will be a Frankfurt player tomorrow and Rebic will be in Milan."

Rebic had also been linked with Inter following a fine 2018-19 season, in which he scored 10 goals in all competitions.

The 25-year-old scored a hat-trick in the recent 5-3 DFB-Pokal defeat of Waldhof Mannheim.

Eintracht, Europa League semi-finalists last season, have already lost two key forwards during the transfer window, with Luka Jovic joining Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller moving to West Ham.

Ante Rebic has been left out of Eintracht Frankfurt's squad for Sunday's Bundesliga clash against Fortuna Dusseldorf amid rumours of a possible move to AC Milan or Inter Milan.

The Serie A rivals continue to be linked with Croatia international Rebic, who has featured in six of Frankfurt's previous nine matches this season although he was also left out for the defeat to RB Leipzig last week.

He started Thursday's Europa League play-off tie with Strasbourg and was sent off in the first half of the 3-0 second-leg win, which sealed his side's place in the group stage of the competition.

Rebic was once again omitted against Dusseldorf, though, and is reportedly closing in on a switch to Serie A, with Milan the rumoured frontrunners for his signature ahead of Monday's deadline.

Speaking three weeks ago, the German side's sporting director Bruno Hubner said he was "optimistic" about keeping Rebic.

Last season's Europa League semi-finalists Frankfurt have already lost two key forwards during the transfer window as Luka Jovic joined Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller moved to West Ham.

Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner said the Bundesliga side are "still optimistic" about keeping star Ante Rebic.

Rebic has been heavily linked to Serie A side Inter, while neighbours AC Milan have also emerged as a possible destination for the Croatia international forward.

Eintracht – who reached the Europa League semi-finals last season – have already lost star duo Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) and Sebastien Haller (West Ham) during the transfer window.

However, after Rebic's hat-trick in Eintracht's 5-3 win over Waldhof Mannheim in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, Hubner said: "We are still optimistic."

Rebic was the hero away to the 3.Liga side on Sunday, scoring three goals in 12 minutes as Eintracht came from behind to win.

Mannheim led 2-0 after 11 minutes and 3-2 with 18 minutes remaining before Rebic's three-goal haul.

Asked about Rebic, Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter replied: "It's always an individual situation for each player.

"If someone has the opportunity to go to a top club, it will be difficult to keep him at the club."

Rebic has flourished since arriving from Fiorentina on an initial loan deal in 2016, scoring 17 Bundesliga goals and 25 in all competitions.

The huge swap deal involving Paulo Dybala and Romelu Lukaku is seemingly getting closer.

In what shapes as being one of the biggest moves of the close season, Dybala could be heading to Manchester United and Lukaku to Juventus.

And unlike Inter's move for the striker, Juventus appear to be making progress with the Premier League giants.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UNITED, JUVENTUS AGREE DYBALA-LUKAKU SWAP DEAL

Manchester United and Juventus have agreed a swap deal involving Dybala and Lukaku in principle, according to Sky Italia.

All that is left is for the Premier League club to agree terms with the Argentina international and the blockbuster move would be complete.

Lukaku has been heavily linked with a switch to Inter, while Dybala's Juve future has been uncertain after four seasons in Turin.

ROUND-UP

- Amid uncertainty at Valencia, former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is being lined up as a potential replacement for coach Marcelino, according to Libertad.

- Neymar's potential return to Barcelona appears no closer to a resolution. Marca report Paris Saint-Germain have little desire to negotiate with the LaLiga champions, unwilling to even listen to offers from Barca. The saga rolls on.

- Nicolas Pepe is set to become an Arsenal player. The Mirror and The Sun report the striker's move from Lille for £72million (€78.5m) is done amid apparently leaked photos of the Ivory Coast international modelling the Premier League club's kit.

- With their move for Lukaku seemingly off, Inter are again turning to Roma striker Edin Dzeko. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, there was fresh contact between the Serie A clubs for a deal that would send Dzeko to Inter and Mauro Icardi, unwanted in Milan, to Roma. Meanwhile, he also reports Inter are continuing talks over Eintracht Frankfurt and Croatia attacker Ante Rebic.

- Moise Kean's surprise move from Juventus to Everton is almost done. According to CalcioMercato, the Premier League club have reached an agreement with Juve for a £27.5m (€30m) deal plus bonuses, which could take it to £37.5m (€40.9m), with the striker set to complete a medical on Wednesday.

- Are Manchester United looking elsewhere as they struggle to land Leicester City star Harry Maguire? Le10Sport say United are willing to make a £45.9m (€50m) offer for Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti as they look to strengthen their defence after Eric Bailly's serious knee injury.

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