Matchday 8 of the Italian Serie A brought one of the most dramatic matches of the weekend, as AC Milan narrowly defeated Genoa 1-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, a match that featured the participation of Mexican defender Johan Vásquez and ended up missing. goalkeepers due to dismissal on both sides.
Johan Felipe Vásquez Ibarra (24 years old) started and completed the commitment of Alberto Gilardino’s lineup, fulfilling the left wing with an outstanding performance, as he helped his squad stay zero for 86 minutes, even when the resistance finally fell was somewhat fraught with controversy.
The visitors, led by Stefano Pioli, entered the field of Genoa to add a victory that would allow them to climb to the top of the tournament, although the Rossonero coach chose an alternative eleven after there was activity in the middle -midweek in the UEFA Champions League (0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund) and their plan worked for a long time.
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The trident formed by Noah Okafor, Samuel Chukwueze, and Luka Jovic did not complement each other in a good way and Pioli brought in the stars, Rafael Leao, Christian Pulisic, and Olivier Giroud, the latter was the key factor in keeping the three score, with a goal from the American and a key save from the French gunner!
It was in the 87th minute that the only score of the game happened, when the North American Christian Pulisic, who controlled the ball in his hand before finishing with his left foot with a half turn without option is goalkeeper Josep Martínez, who will be sent. in stoppage time by avoiding a counterattack in the opposite field.
And AC Milan did not avoid suffering, because the French goalkeeper Mike Maignan was sent off for a knee in the attack against Caleb Ekuban, and without changes, Pioli sent Olivier Giroud to the goal and he did not fail.
😱 ¡Insólito episodio en el Calcio!
❌ Expulsan al portero del Milan
⚽ Ya no hay cambios y Giroud se pone de portero
💥 Siguiente jugada: el tiro libre termina en el travesaño
🤯 La locura en el Genoa-Milan pic.twitter.com/X9zMkeheZm
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In one of the last games of the confrontation, Giroud saved the victory of Milan by rushing to cut with a punch an attempt of the Romanian George Puscas, where he stole the ball and then kept it in his hands. Thus, AC Milan remains in the lead with 21 points, while Genoa is in 15th place with eight points.