Milan completed an incredible second-half comeback, coming from 3-0 down at half-time to beat Lecce 4-3 with a hat-trick from Kevin-Prince Boateng.
There was a minute’s silence and applause ahead of the game, following the news of the tragic death of MotoGP ace Marco Simoncelli in the Malaysian GP this morning, with the Milan players wearing black armbands as ‘Sic’ was a huge Rossoneri fan.
It took just four minutes for Lecce to take the lead, with Guillermo Giacomazzi heading in from close range after beating Mario Yepes to a Carlos Grossmuller free-kick.
Despite chances at both ends, it was Lecce who made it 2-0 after being awarded a controversial penalty when Daniele Corvia was adjudged to have been upended by Christian Abbiati. Ex-Milan ace Massimo Oddo stepped up and drilled his spot-kick home.
Milan conceded a third after Mark Van Bommel gave the ball away in midfield, with Luca Antonini redirecting a through ball into the path of Grossmuller who calmly slotted home past Abbiati.
However, it was a different story in the second half with substitute Boateng firing home a quick-fire hat-trick, the pick of the goals a remarkable shot from outside the box for his second.
With eight minutes left, defender Mario Yepes completed the turn-around after he met Antonio Cassano’s lobbed ball back into the box with a thumping header.
Lecce 1-0 Milan:
Lecce 2-0 Milan
Lecce 3-0 Milan
Lecce 3-1 Milan
Lecce 3-2 Milan
Lecce 3-3 Milan
Lecce 3-4 Milan