Olivier Giroud does it again. Already decisive against Inter last Saturday (3-2, one goal, one assist), the French striker offered victory to AC Milan, yet reduced to ten for more than 45 minutes, on the lawn of Sampdoria Genoa on Saturday evening (2-1), on the occasion of the 6th day of Serie A.
It only took one opportunity for the Rossoneri to open the scoring. And as often this season, it was Rafael Leao who was behind it. Starting from his half of the field, the Portuguese brought the ball up before combining with Olivier Giroud in the area then serving Junior Messias on the right. Arrived launched, the Brazilian then opened his left foot to beat a not very skilful Emil Audero on this one (6th).
The Milanese then thought to double the bet a quarter of an hour later on a header from Charles De Ketelaere but an offside position from Olivier Giroud at the start of the action forced Michael Fabbri, assisted by the VAR, to refuse the goal.
In front of the break, AC Milan complicated the task as soon as they returned from the locker room by being reduced to ten following a second yellow card from Rafael Leao. Already guilty of a hand in the face of Bartosz Bereszynski at the start of the meeting, the former Lille resident hit Alex Ferrari in the face instead of the ball while attempting a return.
Maignan decisive at the end of the match
In numerical inferiority, the Milanese were joined to the score ten minutes later. At the near post, Serbian Filip Djuricic beat Mike Maignan on receiving a cross from Tommaso Augello from the left. This goal then hinted at a complicated end to the match for Milan.
But that was without counting Olivier Giroud. If the French had caused the cancellation of the goal of his Belgian teammate in the first period, it was he who provoked, and converted, a penalty whistled in the 65th minute. A header deflected by the hand of Gonzalo Villar in the area, then a shot in the left corner of Audero and here is the Milanese again in front of the score.
This advantage, however, would not have been preserved if Mike Maignan had not repelled 2 shots in a row from the Genoese three minutes from the end of regulation time. Thanks, too, to the former Lille, the Italian champions are once again up to Naples, winner of La Spezia earlier in the day, at the top of Serie A.