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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

AC Milan's Montella: 'Indescribable joy' to see team's spirit vs. Rijeka

AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella hailed his team's spirit after a dramatic last-gasp Europa League victory over Rijeka on Wednesday.

The Rossoneri looked to have things comfortably in hand at 2-0 up, but late strikes from Boadu Acosty and Josip Elez levelled the match for the visitors, setting the stage for teenage forward Patrick Cutrone to fire home in injury time.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia after the match, Montella said he was proud of the way his team reacted.

"I want to underline the spirit of the team that brought the victory home," Montella said. "There was indescribable joy to see the team play with this energy and determination in the final minute.

"It's a great result, maybe not so much in terms of the scoreline, but it is a great step forward."

AC Milan scored a last-gasp victory over Rijeka on Thursday.

Montella, however, wasn't totally satisfied with his side on Thursday, and expressed his frustration with Milan's game management in the match.

"We've got to grow in the way we handle games," he added. "This was a valuable learning experience

"You have to control a match at the 70th minute. We must improve our defensive movements, as we have perhaps struggled a little in terms of temperament under the weight of expectations.

"I see the glass half-full. We learned some valuable lessons and we won."

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