Rebic earns Milan late draw at ailing Juve

Ante Rebic, arms outstretched, celebrates his equaliser for AC Milan in the 1-1 draw at Juventus.
Ante Rebic, arms outstretched, celebrates his equaliser for AC Milan in the 1-1 draw at Juventus.

AC Milan forward Ante Rebic's late header has earned a 1-1 draw at Juventus in Serie A, leaving Massimiliano Allegri's side still searching for a first league win of the season.

The draw between the two Italian heavyweights on Sunday came at the end of a day which saw Jose Mourinho suffer his first defeat as AS Roma manager with a 3-2 loss at Hellas Verona in a thrilling encounter.

In Turin, Juve's Alvaro Morata scored for the third successive match in all competitions after just four minutes to give the hosts a dream start, with the Spaniard racing clear before finishing.

They remained firmly on top in the first half against injury-hit Milan, who were missing veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic among others, with Paulo Dybala going close to a second goal from distance.

Further Juve chances came and went and their wastefulness in the final third cost them all three points as Croatian Rebic climbed highest to equalise from a corner in the 76th minute.

Substitute Pierre Kalulu thought he had won it for Milan late on, only to be denied by a stunning save by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The result moved Milan back above AS Roma into second place on 10 points from four games, alongside leaders Inter who have the same number of points, while Juve, the most successful ever Serie A team, are languishing in 18th with just two points.

In Verona, a stunning volley from home captain Marco Faraoni proved decisive, ending Mourinho's immaculate start to the Serie A season while earning his side their first win of the campaign.

Lorenzo Pellegrini had given the visitors a halftime lead with a sublime back-heel flick but the game swung in the Verona's favour early in the second half as goals from Antonin Barak and Gianluca Caprari edged them 2-1 in front.

Ivan Ilic's own goal as he beat Roma striker Tammy Abraham to a cross levelled things up in the 58th minute, before Verona again took the lead five minutes later through Faraoni.

Roma piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but Mourinho's men were left frustrated and are now third in the table on nine points.

"We didn't play very well, we didn't adapt well to their way of playing." Mourinho told DAZN.

"We lost many individual duels. I need the videos, I need a few hours to better understand what happened."

In Sunday's other Serie A matches, Danilo Cataldi's late equaliser salvaged a point for Lazio in a 2-2 draw at home to Cagliari, while Sampdoria and Spezia earned 3-0 and 2-1 away victories at Empoli and Venezia respectively.

Australian Associated Press