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UEFA ChampionshipAC Milan 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb

AC Milan 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb

AC Milan got their first win in the Champions League this season, beating Dinamo Zagreb 3-1.

The game took a while to get going before Milan was awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Sutalo clipped Leao, and Giroud confidently dispatched it.

They made a quick start to the second half, though, with Saelemaekers doubling their lead just two minutes in with a thumping header.

Orsic pulled one back for Dinamo, but Pobega rattled one off the crossbar to secure the points.

Starting lineup:

MILAN STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan;

Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez;

Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali; Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao;

Olivier Giroud.

 

MILAN SUBS: Andreas Jungdal, Rade Kunic, Matteo Gabbia, Fode Ballo-Toure, Sergino Dest, Junior Messias, Antonio Mirante, Tommaso Pobega, Charles de Ketelaere, Simon Kjaer.

 

DINAMO ZAGREB STARTING XI (5-3-2): Dominik Livakovic;

Sadegh Moharrami, Stefan Ristovski, Josip Sutalo, Dino Peric, Robert Ljubicic;

Arijan Ademi, Josip Misic, Luka Ivanusec;

Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic.

 

DINAMO ZAGREB SUBS: Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Martin Baturina, Antonio Marin, Petar Bockaj, Mahi Emreli, Daniel Zagorac, Dario Spikic, Josip Drmic, Emir Dilaver, Marko Bulat, Rasmus Lauritsen, Daniel Stefulj.

Goals:

GIROUD SCORES! It’s a confident spot-kick from the Frenchman, and he gets a lot of power behind the shot as he fires it into the bottom-right corner. Livakovic dives the wrong way, and Milan leads 1-0!

SAELEMAEKERS SCORES! It’s the best possible start to the second half for Milan! Leao escapes Ristovski down the left and clips an excellent cross into the middle. Saelemaekers run onto it and thumps his header over Livakovic and into the back of the net. 2-0 Milan!

ORSIC PULLS ONE BACK! He isn’t closed down when he has the ball and plays a one-two with Petkovic, getting the return pass inside the box. He hits the shot first time, curling it around Calabria and into the far bottom corner, out of Maignan’s reach. 2-1!

POBEGA SCORES! When Milan can’t find a way down their right, they switch it to the left, with Pobega sliding it into the box for Hernandez. Pobega continues his run and gets it back from the defender, firing his first-time shot over Livakovic and off the bottom of the bar. 3-1 Milan!

So, what’s next?

That win lifts AC Milan to the top of Group E, with Chelsea and Salzburg due to kick off shortly.

They play Napoli in Serie A at the weekend before the international break.

Dinamo’s six-match winning streak ends with this result, and they have NK Lokomotiva next up in the league.

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