AC Milan vs. Sampdoria – Football Match Report – May 20, 2023
An Olivier Giroud hat trick helped AC Milan demolish already-relegated Sampdoria 5-1 in Serie A on Saturday, incomes Stefano Pioli’s facet a a lot wanted morale enhance.
Rafael Leao put Milan forward within the ninth minute earlier than Sampdoria discovered an equaliser however three objectives from Giroud and a Brahim Diaz strike sealed a convincing win for the not too long ago stumbling Milan.
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Milan stay fifth on 64 factors and have provisionally minimize the hole with fourth-positioned Lazio to at least one level earlier than Maurizio Sarri’s males journey to Udinese on Sunday.
Milan, who had been knocked out within the Champions League earlier this week by Inter Milan within the semifinals after falling to a shock 2-0 Serie A loss by lowly Spezia final weekend, displayed confidence they recently lacked.
“It was good to let go of the disappointment suffered with the elimination from the Champions League,” Pioli instructed Sky Sport. “We played a good match, scoring many goals. It can only do us good.”
Leao gave Milan an early lead on the San Siro when he beat Sampdoria keeper Nicola Ravaglia with a exact low shot into the underside proper nook.
But Sampdoria managed to stage shortly after by ahead Fabio Quagliarella, who ended his longest run with no purpose in Serie A after he had failed to search out the online in his earlier 20 video games.
Milan, nevertheless, responded instantly when Giroud ended a six-recreation purpose drought within the league by heading in to revive the lead. The Frenchman made it 3-1 from the penalty spot within the twenty ninth minute after Sampdoria defender Koray Gunter took down Leao contained in the field.
Milan stored the stress on after the break as they sought to extend the lead and Giroud was near finishing a hat trick however Ravaglia confirmed nice reflexes when he saved his shut-vary header.
Diaz added a purpose to his two assists on the evening helped by a surprising cross by Tonali within the 63rd minute.
Giroud accomplished his hat trick quickly after.
Last-placed Sampdoria are on target to complete backside of Serie A for the primary time of their historical past.
Milan journey to Juventus on May 28 earlier than they finish the season with a house recreation towards lowly Hellas Verona the next weekend.
In earlier video games, Bologna hammered Cremonese 5-1 to go away the second-backside facet, on 24 factors, on brink of relegation.
Atalanta got here from a purpose right down to beat Hellas Verona 3-1 and transfer up one place to sixth, two factors forward of seventh-positioned AS Roma.