AC Milan had to draw on its reserves. This Saturday evening, the Rossoneri beat La Spezia (2-1), during the thirteenth day of Serie A. At San Siro, at the locals, the French shone since the scorers are called Théo Hernandez (21st) and Olivier Giroud (89th), who was then excluded. While among visitors, Daniel Maldini, on loan … from AC Milan, had equalized (59th). In the Italian championship standings, Stefano Pioli’s men climb to second place, six lengths behind leader Naples. La Spezia are 17th.
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AN HOUR AGO
Olivier Giroud’s joy was such that he couldn’t help but take off his jersey. A gesture that cost the striker dearly, namely a second card synonymous with exclusion (90th). How to go from joy to sadness in just a minute of play. Because, just before, the center forward had awakened a whole stadium. On a cross from Sandro Tonali, the French international, at the far post, scored with a volley from the left in full extension (89th, 2-1).
Only Bensebaini does better than Hernandez
A symbolic action of Stefano Pioli’s winning coaching, with, at its origin, two players who started this meeting on the substitutes’ bench. Giroud having taken the place of a much too discreet Divock Origi (50th). Moreover, shortly after the hour mark, Tonali had already thought he was the one who was going to offer victory to his team. But his magnificent goal in the top corner was canceled by the VAR, due to a fault by Fikayo Tomori at the start of the action (65th).
In this match, another Frenchman also went through all the emotions. From the tenth minute, Theo Hernandez began to cause concern, when he sat down on the lawn, complaining of the left adductor. Finally, the left side held its place. Well he took it. Because a good ten minutes later, he was perfectly served by Ismaël Bennacer, behind the opposing defense, before finding the fault, from the left (1-0, 21st). To then attempt the double (39th), but without success. Since the start of last season, only Ramy Bensebaini, resident of Borussia Mönchengladbach, has scored more goals (eight) than him (seven) among the defenders of the five major European championships.
At his side, they are several of his teammates who have tried to imitate him. But neither Tomori (14th, 19th), nor Brahim Diaz (16th), nor Junior Messias (18th, 47th) were able to deceive a particularly fit Bartlomiej Dragowski. The Polish goalkeeper even also had success on his side. One of his partners, Ethan Ampadu, repelled a strike from Rade Krunic on his line (45th + 3), after being saved by his crossbar on a strike from Rafael Leao. Or else by his post on a previous attempt by Krunic (16th).
Maldini, 5333 days after his father
The last rampart of La Spezia knew that there was a blow to play. Especially since his team managed to equalize, just before the hour mark. A goal scored by a local child. On loan from AC Milan, Daniel Maldini deceived Ciprian Tatarusanu, with a curled shot (59th, 1-1). 5333 days after the last goal of his father Paolo Maldini, in this same stadium. But it was Olivier Giroud and the Milanese who had the last word.
In their seventh away game this season, La Spezia finally scored their first goal, but that wasn’t enough for a team that still has zero units away from home base. As for AC Milan, the quack of the previous day, on the lawn of Torino (2-1), is erased. From now on, the Rossoneri will try to stay on the same pace. History to avoid letting Naples go definitively.
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