GdS: Giroud and Leao back in the XI and immediately return to being protagonists

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli was able to call upon key contributions from Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud against Dinamo Zagreb last night.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) write this morning how the Rossoneri were dragged by the two forwards who scored a goal each in the 4-0 rout of the Croatian side. The Portuguese and the Frenchman have scored 12 goals between them, perfectly split at six each.

Leao has been asked by many fans and pundits to carry his dominant Serie A form into the Champions League and he did that after a frustrating first half at the Stadion Maksimir. He scored a lovely goal after a dribble from his own half but he did not stop there and was also the protagonist of Ljubicic’s own-goal, which came after one of his usual burts down the left wing.

Meanwhile, Giroud was also a protagonist. After resting against Monza in the league, he netted against Dinamo and his goal came from a penalty just like in the reverse game at San Siro. He almost had a personal battle with Livakovic in the hosts’ goal, who prevented him getting two or even more.

Tags AC Milan Olivier Giroud Rafael Leao


  1. Origi only played 10 minutes, and I still impressed by his impact. Easily got 2 assists if it’s not because of the offside and poor finish. Finally we have 2 reliable strikers that can alternate each other.

  2. Very impressed with AC..A very good performance overall …4 nil ,but could have even been more .
    Olivier Giroud was excellent ,yes he had chances ,but for the brilliant stops ,would have more than the one goal ..I love to see him pairing up with rafeol leao who was also very good ,and again on the score sheet ..
    Tonali immense ,brilliant…A great team performance and great organisation of his squad by the class manager pioli ..I hope we start with the same players next game …We are still in the champions leauge ,and in the race for the scuddeto once again ..
    It’s AC Milan for me ..

  3. Leao..finally we have again a player who can decide the game on his own, since Ibra in his 1st tenure.
    To give his demand is justifiable. 10 years ago Ibra and Kaka were paid even higher.

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