AC Milan can thank the left foot of its French. After Théo Hernandez’s opener (21st), it was Olivier Giroud who gave the Milanese victory at the very end of the match (89th) on Saturday against La Spezia (2-1), each time in a recovery volley with the left foot. A success that allows them to take second place in Serie A alone, 6 points behind Naples.
The game: 2-1
It took 15 minutes of hesitation, with a free kick from Jakub Kiwior well captured by Ciprian Tatarusanu (9th) and a vicious deflection from Mattia Caldara on a corner (13th), before AC Milan fully entered their meeting. Two minutes after a first attempt by Fikayo Tomori, on an excellent job by Rafael Leao on the left side (14th), Rade Krunic found the square of Bartlomiej Dragowski with a shot from the left foot.
It was finally Théo Hernandez who, after an adductor alert in the 10th minute of play, gave his team the advantage. The French international took advantage of a magnificent opening from Ismaël Bennacer to deceive the opposing goalkeeper with a left-footed volley (21st). After 5 minutes of viewing for a possible illegal position of the French, the goal was finally validated.
AC Milan slack off
Rather comfortable in the game, and despite a new bar from Leao (45th + 3), the Milanese could have been surprised at the end of the first period for lack of vigilance, but M’Bala Nzola twice failed to promptness in front of goal (43rd and 45th+5). La Spezia continued to put pressure on their opponent after returning from the locker room and were rewarded with the equalizer of Daniel Maldini, on loan from AC Milan, on a magnificent curling strike with the right foot (59th).
Forced to react, AC Milan thought they would regain the lead in the 65th minute after a splendid strike from Sandro Tonali in the top corner, but the goal was finally disallowed for a foul by Tomori at the start of the action . After several minutes of hesitation, where the Rossoneri seemed powerless, the Italian midfielder sent a millimeter cross to Olivier Giroud, who came into play twenty minutes earlier, who perfectly crossed his volley with the left foot (89th).
Stefano Pioli’s players trembled until the end but were able to exult after a final catch from Tatarusanu on a corner. They take advantage of Atalanta’s defeat against Napoli a little earlier (1-2) to move up to second place in the standings. La Spezia remains 17th, within reach of the first relegated, before the end of the 13th day of Serie A on Sunday.
The fact: Olivier Giroud sent off after his goal
In the euphoria of his winning goal, Olivier Giroud wanted to celebrate the looming victory by removing his shirt. Only problem: the French international, already scored twice against Salzburg Wednesday in the Champions League, had already received a yellow card a few minutes earlier because of a scuffle. He was therefore sent off and left his partners at ten for the 5 minutes of additional time.