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AC Milan 2-1 PSG: Leao and Co. keep the European dream alive

AC Milan claimed their first victory of the Champions League campaign, defeating PSG 2-1, which significantly tightens the race in Group F.

Former Inter player Milan Skriniar initially headed PSG into the lead, but Rafael Leao swiftly canceled it out. In the second half, Olivier Giroud’s powerful header secured a memorable win for Milan.

Following Borussia Dortmund’s earlier victory over Newcastle United on Tuesday, all four teams are now separated by just three points as they head into the final two matchdays.

The game began with Ruben Loftus-Cheek narrowly missing the target as Milan started energetically. However, it was PSG that took the lead early on, as former Inter captain Skriniar found himself unmarked at the back post to head in from a corner.

Milan missed an immediate opportunity to equalize through Yunus Musah, who shot directly at Gianluigi Donnarumma with the goal in sight. Nevertheless, they didn’t remain behind for long. In the 12th minute, Donnarumma saved Giroud’s strike, and Leao scored acrobatically to level the score for Milan.

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Kylian Mbappe had a clear chance to score as he raced one-on-one with Mike Maignan, but he scuffed his shot, which left the crowd stunned.

Ousmane Dembele hit the crossbar, and Olivier Giroud fired into the side netting at the other end, as both teams increased the tempo in a high-energy first half.

Before halftime, neither team managed to score again, despite numerous attempts. PSG recorded 12 shots, while Milan added ten, but the score remained level at the break.

The second half began with the same intensity, with Tijani Reijnders missing the target within the first few minutes. Milan took the lead by the 50th minute when Giroud headed home from a perfect Theo Hernandez cross.

With the lead in hand, Milan adjusted their focus, adopting a more structured formation and challenging PSG to break them down in the final 30 minutes.

In a rare offensive move as the clock reached 85 minutes, substitute Noah Okafor delivered a fantastic effort that Donnarumma did well to save and turn beyond the post. The ensuing corner led to some penalty area chaos, from which Okafor blazed over.

In the dying moments, Maignan tipped Lee Kang-in’s low shot onto the post, allowing Milan to secure a significant victory.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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