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Reina: Experience helped me

Pepe Reina made up for his howler by saving a stoppage-time penalty as Milan beat Genoa 2-1. “Experience helped me stay concentrated.”

The goalkeeper was not supposed to play at Marassi on Saturday night, but was a last-minute starter when Gianluigi Donnarumma felt ill during the warm-up.

It did not start well, as he misjudged a Lasse Schone free kick to give Genoa the lead, but had the opportunity to make up for it by saving a penalty from the same opponent at the 93rd minute.

“After the mistake in the first half, experience helped me to stay concentrated on every detail and not let my head slip away from the game,” Reina told Milan TV.

“I am proud to see the reaction of the lads, especially after our defeat to Fiorentina and a bad first half here. We never gave up, tried to turn it around and at the end bring home three very important points.

“We knew at the break that a goal would get us back into it. We just had to keep going. It’s not easy, as when there’s a lack of confidence, it can feel like the football is burning and you don’t want to be near it.

“Mistakes can happen, but we return home knowing we have given our all. The time will come when we feel more confident and the team will play better football.”

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