AC Milan won 2:1 at home over PSG in the fourth match of Group F of the Champions League. Although the Parisians struck first in the match, the Milanese turned the tide of the duel. Rafael Leao first equalized with an acrobatic finish, and after the change of sides, Olivier Giroud sent the crowd into euphoria with a powerful header. With such an important win, the Rossoneri left the last place in the table. Among other things, the attention was focused on Gianluigi Donnarumma, whom the red and black supporters threw fake banknotes onto the pitch to remind him that he left their club as a free agent two years ago. Although the Italian goalkeeper made a number of great saves, he did not prevent the defeat.
According to many, the most attractive group of the autumn part of the millionaire competition lived up to its reputation during the first three duels. Among the temporary surprises was the completely dismal record of Milan’s offensive, which has not scored a single accurate hit in the goal column so far. Moreover, in the last duel between them at the end of October, the Rossoneri’s flawless defense betrayed them, which resulted in a clear 3-0 victory for the Parisians.
And it was the guests who started the match much more actively and could celebrate the first goal scored already in the ninth minute. The center from the corner kick extended with a great header behind Marquinhos directly to the places where Milan Škriniar was standing unguarded, who placed the ball behind the back of a helpless Mike Maignan. However, PSG’s joy lasted only three minutes, after which AC Milan found a way to equalize. On the left side, Giroud got into the penalty area, Donnarumma was still able to eliminate his hard pumice, but the subsequent acrobatic stop by Lea already ended up in the net. Spectators in the first half watched attractive football that spilled from side to side. In the 27th minute, Ousmane Dembélé hit the crossbar, while Giroud again threatened from the counterattack, but missed. Despite the number of chances on both sides, the first half ended in a draw.
The start of the second act was completely different from the first, as this time the home side took the lead. Giroud pounced on a precise cross into the box from Theo Hernández and cheered up the stands at San Siro with a hard, uncompromising header. The French defender could have added a goal to his assist, but his attempt from a free kick was blocked by Donnarumma with a brilliant save. The Italian goalkeeper also shone at the end of the match, when thanks to his height he was able to knock out Noah Okafor’s technical projectile. Despite the visiting pressure in the long setup, the score did not change in the end.
The Rossoneri overcame the defeat in Paris and achieved their first win in the group in front of their fans. AC Milan will try for another point gain on November 28 in a home duel with Dortmund. PSG will challenge Newcastle on the same day.