Olivier Giroud revitalized AC Milan’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a crucial goal in their 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. The French striker delivered a trademark header just four minutes into the second half at the electric San Siro stadium, reigniting Milan’s chances of advancing to the last 16 and reversing their recent poor form.
Stefano Pioli’s team began the day at the bottom of Group F, but they are now firmly in the running for the knockout stage, sitting in third place with five points, just one point behind PSG, who hold the second qualifying position.
This Tuesday’s triumph was a form of revenge for Milan after suffering a 3-0 defeat in Paris a fortnight ago. It was also their first appearance on the scoresheet in this season’s competition. Rafael Leao’s impressive equalizer in the 12th minute, following an early goal by former Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, leveled the playing field.
Giroud’s winning goal marked his seventh of the season across all competitions, and it had a distinct French connection, with Theo Hernandez delivering the precise cross that his Les Bleus teammate converted.
Milan’s next challenge is hosting the group leaders, Borussia Dortmund, who claimed the top spot with a one-point advantage over PSG after their 2-0 victory over Newcastle United earlier on Tuesday. This upcoming match could prove pivotal to Milan’s aspirations of progressing from the group stage.
The fans also seized an opportunity for revenge against Gianluigi Donnarumma, who controversially departed Milan for PSG as a free agent two years ago. Donnarumma received a hostile reception from the packed stands.
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