Olivier Giroud: AC Milan’s winning goalkeeper


Kanye West knows what the Midwest is. Young and restless. But what about Marasi? Ancient and hazy, it is home to the club founded by James Richardson Spenseley.

West has not been denied a place in his first Serie A game despite the Venetian water taxi falling out of favor last month after an apparently compromising photo of him and wife Bianca Sensori emerged on the scene . He made a surprise appearance in Genoa’s match against AC Milan on Saturday night, replacing Canal as Carrugi.

As the recipient of a Genoa jersey to mark the occasion, if West had lasted until the final 10 minutes, he would have witnessed an ending that could have appeared in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the game’s climax. Hard to imagine.

His fellow Americans Yunus Moussa and Christian Pulisic combined to give Milan the lead in controversial circumstances in the 87th minute. Pulisic appeared to have possession of the ball as he turned to shoot, but due to a lack of clear and obvious evidence, VAR was unable to overturn referee Marco Piccinini’s decision and allow the American captain to score Milan’s fourth The ball works.

Genoa coach Gilardino, the former Milan forward known for his “tiny violin” celebrations, chose not to lament after the game. “Otherwise he will be banned, so I’d better change him,” Genoa president Alberto Zangrillo said as he took on post-match media duties. Italy’s most famous anesthetist and personal physician to the late Silvio Berlusconi was unable to relieve the pain. Furious, he argued with former referee Luca Marelli of broadcaster DAZN – “Everyone could see Pulisic touched it with his forearm” – and complained about the match it’s over. “We are destined to survive in an increasingly unjust world where the established teams remain the boss.”

Zangrillo isn’t done yet. He provided a medical opinion for a foul committed by Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan on Caleb Ecuban in the 96th minute and the game restarted. “assassin”. A “fatal” high knee resulted in his ejection. “Let’s see how many games they ban him,” Zangrillo fumed.

At least Maignan will miss the first game after the international break against Juventus; the same goes for his compatriot Theo Hernandez, who picked up his fifth yellow card in eight games.

Milan’s emergency goalkeeper Giroud checks his angle (Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via )

A more pressing dilemma for Milan coach Stefano Pioli is the use of all substitutes when Maignan was sacked.

Minutes earlier he had brought in teenage defender Davide Bartesaghi, who signed his first professional contract this week, to waste some time. This meant Pioli could not turn to backup goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, so an outfield player had to don Maignan’s gloves in stoppage time. “Pulisic wants to score because he might have done it in the past,” Pioli said. “But we faced a free kick and I told him he was too short (5ft 8in/173cm).”

As Milan’s tallest attacking player, 6-foot-3 Olivier Giroud fills Maignan’s XL green jersey. “I’ve never experienced anything like this,” the France striker said. “But I used to score goals as a kid.”

Giroud immediately needed a bit of luck as targeting from the edge of the box was Albert Gudmundsson, arguably the most in-form player in Serie A and a highlight of the season. The Iceland international, whose grandfather of the same name played for Milan in the late 1940s, thought he had equalized but Fikayo Tomori’s shot deflected into the top corner. beam.

Giroud breathed a sigh of relief, but it didn’t last long. George Puskas burst towards the goal.

“I said to myself: ‘Let’s go’,” Giroud laughed. “I don’t have goalie instincts, but that’s when I felt like a goalkeeper.”

He rushed out of the baseline, threw himself at Puskas’ feet, closed his eyes, and aimed his punch at the ball. When he opened the net again, the ball was no longer behind the net but was squirming loose. Giroud jumped on it, and then so did his teammates.

Giroud steps in to deny George Puskas and Genoa (/)

Does it feel like scoring a goal? “Almost,” he said, adding a clean sheet to his tally of four goals and three assists this season.

Although compared to the time in 1999 when Venetian Brazilian center back Fabio Blicica replaced Fabrizio Casassa and saved Milan Ballon d’Or winner forward Andriy Shevchenko’s penalty , it was still an epic moment and a continuation of that – a poor start to the Italian season, with goalkeepers scoring and forwards making saves.

Genoa goalkeeper Josep Martinez looked to imitate Ivan Provedel, only to receive a harsh second yellow card for knocking down a counter-attacking Moussa. “Now we’re going to lose him too,” Zangrillo said angrily.

Since the 0-0 match between Inter Milan and Turin in March 1992, neither team’s goalkeeper has lost a goalkeeper to a red card.

Turkish midfielder Berkan Kutru grabbed Martinez’s shirt to score for Genoa as a ridiculous game came to a close.

“I’m really proud of this team,” said Giroud, who was later added to the list of goalkeepers on Milan’s website. “We fought until the end. We fought like lions.”

The victory lifted Milan to the top of Serie A and led to belief that this could be their year. They have won all their league games except for the derby, which they lost 5-1 to Inter Milan, who dropped points at the San Siro for the second consecutive game and Bologna are a side tied with Sassuolo on bogey The team, they come back from the game. The two teams fell behind and were tied 2-2.

Milan CEO Giorgio Furlani was ecstatic. Celebrate on the roadGiroud tried to throw Maignan’s goalkeeper jersey over the plexiglass to the traveling fans. He didn’t clear it, and then, as he scooped it up, he thought he’d better try again. That green shirt will become a collector’s item.

“I’m going to frame it,” Giroux said.

Another thing worth saving.

(Above: Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via )

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *