AC Milan Striker Olivier GiroudA powerful header early in the second half secured a pulsating 2-1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League Group F on Tuesday for the Italian side’s first win in the competition this season.
Former Inter Milan defender Milan Screener PSG kept the lead but their advantage lasted just three minutes as Rafael Leo scored an acrobatic equalizer and Giroud sealed a valuable victory just after the break in front of 75,649 at the San Siro.
Third-placed Milan now have five points from four games, behind second-placed PSG on six points. the leaders Borussia Dortmund Earlier on Tuesday, they won 2-0 at home and scored seven points Newcastle United Those are four points below.
The match at the San Siro was played with end-to-end action at a frenetic pace in the first half and the pace inevitably slowed in the second half, an absorbing clash that Milan had to hold on to in the end. PSG under pressure.
“It was a high-level match, we knew the difficulty coming to play here,” PSG captain Marquinhos told Canal+. “The second goal changed the match because we were better at that moment.
“We knew it [qualification for the knockout stages] It will be difficult if we don’t win today, but we must not give up. Everything remains in our hands.”
Milan, who reached the semi-finals of last year’s competition, won a Champions League game in which they trailed for the first time since beating Real Madrid in 2009.
After nine minutes, PSG went ahead with a great corner. Marquinhos flicked on the set-piece and Skriniar was unmarked to score his first goal for the Paris club.
They have scored in their last 48 group stage matches in the Champions League, the longest run in the competition’s history, before a goalless draw against Real Madrid in 2015.
But Leo’s superb finish leveled the home side three minutes later. Giroud’s initial shot was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma against his former club but Leo produced an overhead kick as the ball flew into the air.
Kylian Mbappe then found himself one-on-one with Milan goalkeeper Mike Magnan but Ousmane Dembele curled his shot wide before hitting the crossbar with a curling shot from 25 metres.
There was little goalmouth action in the second period but Milan took an early lead when Theo Hernandez’s superb cross was met by Giroud’s powerful trademark header.
Lee Kang-in hit the post for PSG on a luckless night for the Parisians as their five-game winning streak ended.
Milan coach Stefano Pioli said, “The players played with their heart, with their energy; that’s what we wanted. We were able to work as a team against a great team.”
“The team worked well together, and deserved to win. Now we have to perform well against Dortmund and get past them.”
Milan host Dortmund in November. 28, when PSG welcomes Newcastle.