Milan Pavkov denied Serie A giants Milan victory, sparing the blushes of erratic Red Star Belgrade team-mate Radovan Pankov.
Milan were stunned by a looping header from Milan Pavkov in stoppage time as 10-man Red Star Belgrade snatched a 2-2 draw in their Europa League clash in Serbia.
These teams won European Cup titles in successive years a generation ago, with Milan’s 1990 success followed by Red Star landing the title 12 months later, but this season they are scrapping for success at the last-32 stage in the second tier of UEFA club competition.
An own goal from Radovan Pankov gave Milan a slender half-time advantage, which was wiped out when Guelor Kanga netted a penalty for the hosts soon after the break.
But Pankov’s second costly defensive mistake gave Milan a spot-kick of their own, and Theo Hernandez fired home to put the visitors seemingly in charge at that stage, ahead of the San Siro return game next week. Milan Rodic was sent off late on for the hosts so he can forget the trip to Italy, but Pavkov’s late intervention means it could still be a fruitful visit for Red Star.