AC Milan 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb: Visitors fall flat after stunning Chelsea in Champions League opener as Olivier Giroud, Alexis Saelemaekers, Tommaso Pobega strike for Italian giants
- Milan striker Giroud opened the scoring from the spot in the first half
- Saelemaekers doubled the hosts’ advantage with a thumping header
- Dinamo Zagreb pulled one back through Mislav Orsic in the 56th minute
- Tommaso Pobega sealed victory for the home side with a clinical strike
AC Milan secured their first Champions League win this season after goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Saelemaekers and Tommaso Pobega powered them to a 3-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb at home in Group E on Wednesday.
Giroud opened the scoring from the spot in the first half with Saelemaekers and Pobega adding two more after the interval as Milan, who drew at Salzburg in their group opener, grabbed a vital win despite a late rally from the Croatian champions.
Milan started sharply but Dinamo, conquerors of Chelsea on the opening matchday, almost struck against the run of play in the 28th minute through Sadegh Moharrami, whose left-footed effort was turned behind by Mike Maignan.
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud opened the scoring from the spot in the first half
Giroud dispatched a penalty after Rafael Leao went down under a clumsy challenge
AC Milan: Maignan, Calabria, Kalulu Kyatengwa, Tomori, Hernandez, Bennacer, Tonali, Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao, Giroud.
Subs: Toure, Dest, Kjaer, Messias, Pobega, Krunic, Gabbia, Mirante, De Ketelaere, Jungdal.
Dinamo Zagreb: Livakovic, Moharrami, Ristovski, Josip Sutalo, Peric, Ljubicic, Ademi, Misic, Ivanusec, Petkovic, Orsic.
Subs: Stefulj, Lauritsen, Baturina, Emreli, Bockaj, Drmic, Marin, Theophile-Catherine, Bulat, Dilaver, Spikic, Zagorac.
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)
The Serie A winners finally made their dominance count when Giroud dispatched a penalty on the stroke of halftime after Rafael Leao went down under a clumsy challenge from Josip Sutalo.
Saelemaekers doubled the hosts’ advantage with a thumping header in the 47th minute before Dinamo pulled one back through Mislav Orsic, but the strike proved to be a mere consolation as Milan sealed the win through Pobega.
Milan are top of Group E with four points from two games, with Dinamo one point behind in second. Chelsea host Salzburg later on Wednesday.
Alexis Saelemaekers doubled the hosts’ advantage with a thumping header
Tommaso Pobega sealed victory for the home side with a clinical strike in the 77th minute
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