AC Milan were given a very tough test by Thiago Motta’s Spezia on Saturday afternoon, eventually prevailing 2-1 thanks to a late goal.
Brahim Diaz was the hero for the Rossoneri as he came off the bench and popped up four minutes from time to convert a feed from Saelemaekers and snatch all three points in front of the away fans.
Milan recorded their fifth win from six league games this season and have moved top pending Napoli’s result. Here are the best post-match stats, courtesy of the club’s official website…
➤ Milan have taken 16 points from their first six Serie A games for the third time in the three-points-per-win era – after 2003-04 and 2020/21.
➤ Daniel Maldini scored his first Serie A goal 13 years and 179 days since his father Paolo’s last goal (vs. Atalanta in March 2008) and 60 years and 22 days after his grandfather Cesare last scored (vs. Catania in September 1961).
➤ Brahim Díaz scored just 4 minutes and 19 seconds after coming onto the pitch.
➤ Of Brahim Díaz’s seven goals in Serie A, this is his first as a substitute.
➤ Daniel Maldini started his first Serie A game today, 12 years and 117 days (31-05-2009 v Fiorentina) after his father Paolo’s last start in the top flight.
➤ Both of Pierre Kalulu’s assists in Serie A have come against Ligurian sides (the first was against Genoa in April).
➤ This was the 100th win in 189, Milan appearances for Franck Kessie in all competitions.