WATCH: Pepe Reina’s wild ride against Genoa – and Lasse Schone!

The ex-Liverpool keeper brought AC Milan fans through the full gamut of emotions with his antics at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Pepe Reina Milan Genoa


Goalkeepers are known for longevity, but Pepe Reina seems to have been around forever.

He’s played for some of Europe’s great clubs, winning a host of major trophies along the way, and is now plying his trade at the ripe old age of 37 for Italian giants – or is that “slumbering giants”? – AC Milan.

For the most part at San Siro, he has served as backup to the prodigious Gigi Donnarumma, but got an opportunity in the first-team on Saturday night in Genoa after the younger man pulled out of the squad due to stomach problems. In what would turn out to be a rollercoaster evening for Reina – and for everyone else – rossoneri supporters were reminded just before half-time as to why the Spaniard is number two.

With 40 minutes on the clock, Danish midfielder Lasse Schone stepped up to take a free-kick from what looks about 25 yards out. He didn’t strike it well, but Pepe was in a generous mood:

Oh dear.

Most would agree Reina has the odd error in him, but that’s fairly dreadful and the former Liverpool man looked suitably apologetic.

The match then got a little hectic, with Genoa’s Riccardo Saponara sent off in first-half injury time despite not being on the pitch. He was followed into the early bath by team-mate Davide Biraschi, who was dismissed after 57 minutes after handling the ball inside his own box, leaving his side with 10 men on the pitch and facing a penalty.

Milan, who’d equalised prior to their opponents’ second red, took full advantage of the situation and Franck Kessie converted the spot-kick. They then controlled the game for 20 minutes before generously evening up the numbers with a red card of their own for Davide Calabria.

Still, that wasn’t a huge deal until the 89th minute, when Pepe decided to leave another indelible mark on the game:

Thankfully for Reina, it all worked out in the end. As for Schone, who missed the penalty – well, you win some and you lose some.

Oh, and even after that drama, there was still time for Milan’s Samu Castillejo to take a leaf out of Saponara’s book and earn a red while not on the field of play.

How do you say “scenes” in Italian?

Derby d’Italia (Sunday 19:45) betting: Inter 13/8, Draw 2/1, Juve 9/5

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