AC Milan 2-1 Panathinaikos: Giroud shines but Tatarusanu howler leaves sour taste

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan played their final game of the pre-season this evening as they took on Panathinaikos in Trieste. They secured the win thanks to Olivier Giroud, who stepped up and got on the scoresheet twice.

Milan started the game with a lot of energy but failed to break down Panathinaikos in the initial stages of the clash. 16 minutes in, Fikayo Tomori decided to launch a long ball instead and it ended up being perfect for Giroud, who slotted home the opener.

The Rossoneri then had a few more chances to double the lead but it wasn’t until the 43rd minute that they did. Davide Calabria spotted Giroud at the far post and sent a lovely cross into the box which the striker converted in a smart fashion with his head.

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In the second half, Giroud came close to the hat-trick as he hit the post after a lovely pass by Theo Hernandez. He was subbed off a few minutes later but it was indeed a positive performance for him.

Milan had a few chances to extend their lead but instead, Panathinaikos pulled one back thanks to Ciprian Tatarusanu. The goalkeeper made a huge mistake as he passed the ball into the path of the attacker, who was able to aim at an open goal.

The game finished 2-1 in favour of the Rossoneri and overall, it was a positive display for them ahead of the Serie A opener in one week.

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8 Comments

  1. Zoro Caloro says:

    Can we please use Plizzari as our number 2? Why not? Are we really afraid because he’s young? Omg!!!!! Noooooo!! He’s young!!!!! ….. Donnarumma started at 16, I’m sure Pizzari will be fine and better than tatarusanu. Come on Pioli.

    1. Remyp says:

      Agree, but pioli aint smart and brave enough to do that. He dont trust young players.

  2. Moukhtar says:

    Up milan, up Plizzari

  3. Moukhtar uba says:

    Good job giroud

  4. Juro says:

    Tatarusanu Is terrible. Last season he cost us a few games. Not sure why we ever got rid of Begovic…perhaps we should give Plizzari a chance. Buy Kamara, Yacine, Florenzi and a RW (Ziyech, Ikone)…and sell Romagnoli if he doesn’t extend.

    1. Marius says:

      Wtf? Only the game against Roma… He even saved a penalty spot against torino and won milan quali in coppa italia. The mach against Roma was his only mistake. But in his career yes, he did some mistakes that cost his teams.. on the other hand, i agree that we should use plizari or another youngster..

  5. Savicevic says:

    Plizzari was, a few years ago, better than Dollaruma. What in the world is happening with the management and pioli? Why do they insist on having Tatarusanu as 2nd option?!!!

  6. I am Forzza says:

    I think that any other team would give 5 goals to Panathinaikos. It is a team that is in the rank of a team from Serie B. Milan last night seemed confused and lost against Panathinaikos. All that turned out well was a throw over 50 meters on Girod. will not pass because there the goalkeeper will not wait for the ball to travel that long. Rebic again failed to keep the ball in his possession for more than 5 seconds seems to see the ball for the first time. is bad because when they play the new season Milan will be on a big hit on that side. Giroud scored two goals for Panathinaikos hehe but it’s not Samdoria, I think he is not the best option but it will be shown when the championship starts as far as I was right. are Nice and Valencia it was clear that Milan can not cope with the game of these teams and I am afraid of a bad scenario from 5 years ago

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