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22.09.2021 Football News

Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez goals lift AC Milan to win over Venezia

By Eurosport
Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez goals lift AC Milan to win over Venezia
LISTEN SEP 22, 2021

Brahim Diaz's first goal at the San Siro helped a much-changed AC Milan climb back into second in the early Serie A table with a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Venezia.

The Rossoneri were without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud, and without a recognised striker, the dominant hosts failed to find the opener until the 68th-minute when Diaz slotted home.

In the first half, the unmarked Ante Rebic went closest when he headed over from point-blank range, while Alessandro Florenzi's glancing header fizzed just wide.

Milan's frustration grew after the restart as Diaz blazed over from a dangerous position, before boss Stefano Pioli made a triple substitution, bringing on Fikayo Tomori, Alexis Saelemaekers and Theo Hernandez.

The latter two made an immediate impression, with Theo Hernandez setting Diaz up on a plate for the opener, and the France international capped a fine cameo when he made sure of the points with a low shot into the corner of goal eight minutes from time, with Saelemaekers grabbing a fine assist.

Victory means Milan have 13 points from a possible 15 as they move level at the top of the table with arch-rivals Inter, who have a superior goal difference.

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