Evergreen Giroud, Saelemaekers matches Zlatan: All the key stats from Milan’s win against Dinamo Zagreb

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan managed to obtain their first win in the Champions League this season as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 at San Siro last night.

Olivier Giroud’s penalty and a goal from Alexis Saelemakers gave the Rossoneri a two-goal lead, but Oršić halved the deficit. A first ever Milan goal for Tommaso Pogeba made it 3-1 later in the second half to seal the win.

Below are the best stats from the game, via the official website

➤ Aged 35 years and 349 days, Olivier Giroud’s penalty has made him the second-oldest French player to score in the UEFA Champions League, after only Laurent Blanc for Manchester United in 2002 (36y 338d).

➤ Alexis Saelemaekers is the first Milan player to score on the first two matchdays of a Champions League season since Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2010-11. The Belgian finally found the net again after not scoring in his first six appearances in Europe’s top competition.

➤ Tommaso Pobega is the first Italian scorer for Milan in the Champions League since Mario Balotelli in November 2013 against Celtic. The last goal at San Siro scored by an Italian goes back September 2011, when Antonio Cassano scored scored against Viktoria Plzen.

➤ Olivier Giroud has scored in a home game in Champions League for the first time since November 2016 (Arsenal-PSG). In all competitions, Olivier Giroud has scored in two consecutive appearances for AC Milan only for the second time, after last doing so last February (two braces v Inter and Lazio).

➤ Milan have won each of their five games against Dinamo Zagreb in European competitions, with an aggregate score of 13-3.

➤ Milan have won a home game in Champions League for the first time since 18 September 2013 (2-0 v Celtic) – with three draws and three defeats at home since. Furthermore, AC Milan have scored more than twice in a Champions League game for the first time since 26 November 2013, in a 3-0 win at Celtic.

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