Christian Pulisic scores to move AC Milan top of Serie A after intense finale sees Oliver Giroud take over in goal
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score a ‘Made in America' late goal in AC Milan's 1-0 win at Genoa after an intense finale on Saturday as the Rossoneri took a two-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Pulisic combined with United States teammate Yunus Musah to net the winner three minutes from time.
Fellow forward Olivier Giroud also had a crucial part to play in the match but in an unusual position.
His vital double save in the 14th minute of injury time came as he ended the match wearing the goalkeeper’s gloves and jersey after Mike Maignan was sent off.
“I didn’t expect to experience these kinds of emotions at the other end of the field,” Giroud said with a smile and still wearing Maignan’s jersey. “But it’s very important to have made these saves.
“I think I’m one of the tallest in the squad … so naturally I went in goal. I liked going in goal when I was a kid too. But it was a really special emotion when I made the save, almost like a goal.”
Milan will spend the international break solo at the top, two points clear of rival Inter Milan, which let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Bologna earlier Saturday.