Genoa 0-1 AC Milan (October 7, 2023) Game Analysis


Christian Pulisic’s late strike gave AC Milan a 1-0 win at promoted Genoa that took them top of Serie A on Saturday, but the game ended in chaos as both the keeper was sent off and Striker Oliver Giroud scored for the visitors. ,

United States star Pulisic scored with a half-volley from near the penalty spot in the 87th minute after being brilliantly set up by USMNT teammate Younes Musah to give Milan the lead.

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The goal was Pulisic’s fourth in Serie A for Milan following a summer transfer from Chelsea.

But the three points were hanging by a thread as the game took a chaotic turn when Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan saw red for a foul on Caleb Ekuban late in stoppage time and Giroud took his place in goal.

Luckily for the French, Genoa’s Albert Gudmundsson fired a free kick against the bar from the edge of the box and then Giroud brilliantly denied George Puskas just before the final whistle.

Christian Pulisic celebrates with Oliver Giroud after scoring AC Milan's winner against Genoa.
Christian Pulisic celebrates with Oliver Giroud after scoring AC Milan’s winner against Genoa.

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“I like to think that what Giroud did is part of our mentality,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli told DAZN.

“Pulisic wanted to go on goal and maybe he had already done it, but I told him he was too small.

“We’ve been lucky the last few episodes, but it’s part of the mentality of the group wanting to give their best and that makes me happy.”

Milan, which won its seventh win in eight matches, went two points clear at the top of the table after rivals Inter Milan erased an early two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Bologna on Saturday .

Milan are struggling with injuries and coach Stefano Pioli made six changes to the starting lineup that beat Lazio 2-0 last weekend, with midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek joining Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer.

Genoa, who won 4-1 against AS Roma in September and held champions Napoli to a 2-2 draw, managed to equalize in the first half before Pioli equalized for Rafael Leao after the break. And introduced Pulisic because he wanted to take a break. Deadlock.

Genoa keeper Josep Martínez made a superb save in the 65th minute to tip Leo’s header, which bounced high above the ground for a corner.

Martínez also received a red card in the final minutes when the Spaniard received his second booking.

When Milan next host Juventus in Serie A after the international break, they will be without Maignan and defender Theo Hernandez, who picked up his fifth yellow card.


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