The Italian champions rise to 4 points in Group E
Milan beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 in the match of the second day of the group E of the Champions League and after the draw in the opening match at Salzburg, they climb to 4 points at the top of the group. The Croats. who in the first game had beaten Chelsea by surprise, remain at 3 points.
THE MATCH – For the challenge in the Champions League, Pioli opts for Brahim Diaz with Saelemakers and Rafael Leao behind Giroud, while he starts from the de Ketelaere bench, while Cacic confirms the same initial XI deployed against Chelsea with the three-man defense, and the pair of Orsic-Petkovic attack.
The start of Milan is aggressive while the Croatians wait in their own half. At 8 ‘Giroud makes room from 20 meters but the left goes over the crossbar. At 22 ‘Bennacer tries, but the powerful but central shot is rejected by Livakovic with his fists. The first chance for Dinamo arrives at 28 ‘: Moharrami enters the area, returns to the left and concludes but Maignan protects the near post.
At 41 ‘Bennacer looks for Leao but Ristovski intercepts, Giroud falling does not worry Livakovic. At the end of the first half Milan found the advantage: Rafael Leao controls his back to the goal, Sutalo overwhelms him, and the referee Manzano points to the spot. Giroud made no mistake from 11 meters and beat Livakovic 1-0 in the 45th minute.
At the beginning of the second half, Milan doubles. At 47 ‘Rafael Leao breaks through on the left and finds Saelemaekers who leaves no chance for Livakovic. It seems over but at 56 ‘Dinamo shortens the distance. Nice exchange in the strait between Petkovic who invents an impossible outside passage and serves Orsic who beats Maignan. Pioli’s team did not break down and in the 77th minute the trio fell: a triangle in the area between Theo Hernandez and Pobega who unloaded the left under the crossbar for the 3-1 final.