Olivier Giroud as AC Milan beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stage. Photo: REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo
Competing at the San Siro Stadium, Milan, Thursday (15/9/2022) early in the morning, AC Milan’s goals were scored by Olivier Giroud (45+’ P), Alexis Saelemaekers (47′), and Tommaso Pobega (77′). While the visitors only replied to one goal through Mislav Orsic (56′).
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Since the first half Dinamo Zagreb played the ball well through the feet of Arijan Ademi. The game from foot to foot was also demonstrated by the team made by Ante Cacic. However, the ball was captured by the AC Milan players.
Right in the 2nd minute, Brahim Diaz lifted a beautiful ball past the Dinamo defense to find Olivier Giroud. However, he could only direct it to the penalty spot due to a tight angle. Stefano Pioli’s team’s efforts to open the tap failed.
Then in the 6th minute, AC Milan got another chance. After winning the ball, Brahim Diaz took a pass to Alexis Saelemaekers on the right, and he lifted a fine cross into the middle. Even though Sandro Tonali had plenty of space, his first shot was still over the bar.
The Rossoneri continued to dominate the game and had a number of chances. This time in minute 20, AC Milan could almost score a goal. Starting from the action of Diaz who turned to dribble, then ran far and broke into the box and fired a shot. However, the ball can still be blocked by Moharrami.
AC Milan successfully opened the scoring through Olivier Giroud’s penalty kick (45+’ P). The French forward took a convincing penalty kick into the bottom right corner. The score became 1-0 for AC Milan’s advantage until halftime.
Entering the second half, AC Milan immediately stepped on the gas launched an attack. It didn’t take them long to double their lead. It is Alexis Saelemaekers (47 ‘) who successfully listed his name on the scoreboard after receiving an assist from Rafael Leao. The score became 2-0 to AC Milan.
After falling behind, Dinamo Zagreb immediately responded through Mislav Orsic’s reply (56′). Orisic was not covered when he had the ball and he played a one-two with Petkovic (assist) before finally finding the net for Mike Maignan. Score to 2-1, AC Milan still lead.