MILAN (AP) — A packed San Siro erupted in celebration after Brahim Diaz’s stunning solo goal from his own half gave AC Milan a 2-2 lead over Juventus in Serie A on Saturday. 0 defeated.
Diaz made his mark nine minutes after the break when he intercepted a pass and surged forward, beating a number of players before firing powerfully past Wojciech Szczęsny in the Juventus goal.
As the crowd cheered and applauded, Diaz threw off his shirt and climbed onto the shoulders of teammate Rafael Luo.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to do a party like this. Today I did it,” Diaz said with a smile. “Obviously I shouldn’t do it again because you get a yellow card. Last year I wanted to do it against Spezia but Davide Calabria stopped me.
Fikayo Tomori gave Milan the lead at half-time with just his second league goal for the club. His first was also against Juventus.
Milan moved level on points with Atalanta and Napoli at the top of the table, who both play on Sunday. Juventus dropped to eighth after Inter Milan beat Sassuolo 2-1.
Juventus came into the competition on the back of two straight wins for the first time this season, including their first Champions League points, but were without the influential Angel Di Maria, who was suspended.
“We’ve been through a long series of ups and downs, I thought we’ve come out of a negative period,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “Tonight we’re back.”
Milan were struggling with injuries and were coming off a 3-0 loss at Chelsea, but Theo Hernandez was on the right.
The France international was involved in Milan’s controversial opening goal. He appeared to lean on Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado but the referee waved play on and Milan went on to win a corner.
Hernandez hit it from the left and the ball fell to Olivier Giroud, but his shot was blocked by his own team-mate Tomori, who made amends by turning and firing into the net from close range.
It was Milan’s first shot on target, though Léo hit both posts.
Leo nearly doubled Milan’s lead early in the second half but his effort flew narrowly over the bar.
Milan got their second shortly after when Diaz intercepted a one-way pass from Juventus forward Dusan Vlahovic and started his remarkable run.
Edin Dzeko scored twice, including his 100th Serie A goal, to help Inter return to winning ways.
Inter have lost four of their last six Serie A games, including two straight, but lost to Barcelona in midweek in the Champions League.
Dzeko made his Serie A century just before half-time and doubled his tally in the 75th minute, 15 minutes after Davide Fratsi equalized for Sassuolo.
Also, Dejan Stankovic picked up a point in his first game as coach of last-placed Sampdoria as his side drew 1-1 with Bologna.