MILAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Troubled AC Milan battled to a 1-1 draw in a scrappy Serie A match at Fiorentina on Saturday after Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal spared them from a third successive league defeat.
The goals came in a three-minute spell as Giovanni Simeone put Fiorentina ahead in the 71st minute, heading in from Cristiano Biraghi’s inviting cross at the near post, before Calhanoglu replied for Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
The Turkish free kick specialist snapped up a rebound after Fiorentina goalkeeper Marco Sportiello parried Suso’s shot, leaving Fiorentina eighth on 27 points and big-spending Milan ninth on 25.
Milan were lucky to reach halftime with 11 men after Alessio Romagnoli escaped with a yellow card for tripping Simeone when the Argentine appeared to have a clear run on goal.
They were also rescued by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma who pulled off an outstanding save to tip a Gil Dias header on to the crossbar. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Clare Fallon)