The Rossoneri had been pushing for a winner constantly following the Ligurian side’s equaliser early into the second half, and Messias thought that he’d finally secured the lead with only minutes left to play, scoring from the edge of the penalty box.
What Messias and many Milan fans weren’t aware of, however, was that Serra had already blown his whistle following a foul by Simone Bastoni on Ante Rebic. He blew the whistle before Messias’ shot was taken, and so the goal did not stand, with Milan being given a free kick instead.
This is not the first time this season that a referee blowing the whistle early has had a serious impact on a match. Back in October Daniele Orsato called for a Roma penalty too early, denying a Tammy Abraham goal. Again, that goal did not stand, and the resulting penalty was saved.