A brace from French soccer world champion Olivier Giroud has suddenly increased AC Milan’s chances of winning the title in the Italian Serie A again. The 34-year-old decided the city derby at defending champion Inter Milan on Saturday with his two goals in the final phase (75th/78th), after the hosts, who continued to play without the injured national player Robin Gosens, were defeated by former Bundesliga striker Ivan Perisic (38th). ) had taken the lead.
“The devil’s bite: Milan sinks champions Inter and keeps the race for the Scudetto open. A young team without stars compensates for its shortcomings with heart and character,” commented the “Gazzetta dello Sport”, alluding to Milan’s frequent titling as “Diavolo”. (Devil).
Inter went off the pitch as losers against their local rivals for the first time in 15 games in Serie A without defeat. In the table, the Rossoneri, without their superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who continues to suffer from a problem in his right knee, moved up to a point behind the defending champions Inter. SSC Napoli are tied with Milan in second place after their 2-0 (0-0) win at FC Venice, so that the title race suddenly turned into a three-way battle again.
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The gazettes praised Giroud’s performance, who turned the game around with a brace. “Giroud at the level of Ibrahimovic: in three minutes and 50 seconds he finds the solution to a match that could have gone badly for AC Milan. The three points of victory keep Milan on course for the Scudetto,” commented the “Corriere dello Sport” . “Three shots on target and two goals: Milan come out of nowhere at the end of a difficult duel,” said the Corriere della Sera.
After moving from Atalanta Bergamo to Lombardy in the winter transfer period, Gosens again failed to make his debut for his new employer. The 27-year-old has been suffering from a thigh muscle injury since last September.
In contrast to Gosens, former Mönchengladbach Bundesliga professional Denis Zakaria and 70 million player Dusan Vlahovic have already celebrated dream debuts at record champions Juventus Turin: Vlahovic scored in the 2-0 (1-0) success of the “old lady” against Hellas Verona lead (13′) before Zakaria sealed the win. Turin moved past Atalanta Bergamo to fourth place in the Champions League, at least for the time being.