Even if he is ostracized from the Blues, Olivier Giroud showed Sunday in the best possible way that he should not be put into retirement yet.
The French striker scored twice in his new San Siro stadium, thus contributing to AC Milan's large victory over Cagliari (4-1), at the end of the second day of Serie A.
Clear strike from the left for the 3-1 (24th) then penalty flush with the post for the 4-1 (43rd): Giroud did not miss the two opportunities that arose and went away to collect his first ovations some 30,000 tifosi.
Under Zlatan's eyes
Combative but without a lot of goal balls to put under the crampons during the first match at Sampdoria (1-0), the French also distinguished himself on Sunday evening by some class deviations: Rafael Leao almost scored on the first , in heel (9th) and Sandro Tonali scored on the free kick caused by his second (1-0, 12th).
San Siro greatly appreciated the Frenchman's performance.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic too, present in the stands while waiting to be able to return to the field in mid-September after his knee surgery in June.
“Playing at San Siro is a great emotion,” Giroud responded to DAZN's microphone, alternating between Italian and English.
The curse of N.9
Will he be the one to overcome the curse that has kept the Milanese N.9 from shining for a few years? “I was told there was something special with the N.9 in Milan, but I'm not superstitious at all! It is an honor to wear this jersey. When I was young, I watched Van Basten, Jean-Pierre Papin, Pippo Inzaghi, ”he smiled.
Faced with such a Milan team, in addition a little served by luck on Rafael Leao's second goal, on a strike involuntarily deflected by a partner (17th), Cagliari could not do much.
The Sardinians still had the merit of fighting by equalizing very quickly on a header from Alessandro Deiola (15th), who is the first to score a goal for Mike Maignan in Italy.
In the end, Rossonero coach Stefano Pioli did not shy away from this match led with determination by his men: “The important thing is that the team had clear ideas.
We have succeeded in capturing the energy of the supporters to play with intensity ”.
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