ROME (AP) — Amid an imminent ownership change, defending Serie A champion AC Milan was held to a 0-0 draw at Sassuolo, where Rossoneri goalkeeper Mike Maignan saved a penalty Tuesday.
It was the second consecutive away draw for Milan, which is coming off its first Italian title in 11 years.
Up next is the first Milan derby of the season on Saturday against Inter Milan _ the team Milan battled with at the top of the standings all of last season.
Still, Milan moved back atop the standings ahead of Roma’s game against promoted Monza, with Inter also able to move ahead when it faced promoted Cremonese.
Milan was one point ahead of five other clubs. Sassuolo was three points back.
Maignan stopped a poorly directed penalty from Domenico Berardi in the first half _ marking the ninth penalty he’s saved of the 29 he’s faced since arriving in Serie A from Lille last year.
Berardi, an Italy striker, was carried off injured in the second half, while Milan was left with 10 men in stoppage time when Alessandro Florenzi came off injured, too, with all the team’s substitutions already used.
Earlier Tuesday, it emerged that the New York Yankees are buying a minority stake in Milan as an investor alongside RedBird Capital Partners.