Vincenzo Montella: AC Milan's draw at Inter 'something almost unbelievable'
AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella thinks his side did "something almost unbelievable" as they came from 2-0 down to snatch a point at arch-rivals Inter Milan.
Milan dominated the early exchanges with Gerard Deulofeu and Suso terrorising the Inter defence before Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi both struck to put Stefano Pioli's men in front at half-time.
Alessio Romagnoli pulled a goal back when he prodded home Suso's cross in the 83rd minute before Cristian Zapata volleyed in with the last kick of the match to earn a dramatic point at the Giuseppe Meazza.
"It's really exciting. We managed to come back from two goals down and we did it in the second half," Montella told the club's website.
"We did something almost unbelievable. It was really a great emotion. I think it was a great game to watch for our fans. I'm happy with this result.
"We played really well in the first 30 minutes, although we should have been more patient and clinical. We conceded an easy goal.
"Being 2-0 down at the break was almost surreal. I'm happy with the final result. Games are all different from one another. Today I had the chance to field five players up front and I did so."
Goal-hero Zapata was overjoyed to score the equalising goal which helped Rossoneri stay above Inter in the Serie A table and sit just two points off the Europa League places.
He said: "I'm so happy, scoring a last-minute goal in the derby was something fantastic. I just want to enjoy this beautiful moment.
"The goal? I immediately realised the ball had gone in. Luckily, there is this technology [the VAR]. I'm really happy, we're on the right path to make it into Europe.
"The group deserves this result, we are really united and you could see it when we were celebrating the goal for 2-2. Inter are our direct opponents and keeping them behind is very important."
Inter Milan boss Pioli rued missing out on three points that would have "made a big difference."
"It was a tough match and ultimately we weren't able to win it. It would have made a big difference," Pioli told the club's website. "It's a shame for our current position in the table and what it could mean for the rest of the season. We had the chance to move ahead of Milan after a poor performance against Crotone.
"Three points today would have meant a lot but sadly we were unable to see out the win. It makes it difficult now but we have to put everything we've got into our remaining games."
Inter captain Icardi echoed his manager's thoughts but also believes better things are on the horizon.
He said: "When you concede an equaliser in the last second of the game it feels like you've lost -- but then again the opposite happened in the reverse fixture.
"We needed to get the third goal and we had the chances to do so. In the dressing room, we said we'd keep things tight and play on the break. Clearly we need to improve our focus.
"Anyone who watched the game will know we played well today with the right spirit. We just have to try and win as many games as possible between here and the end of the season."