MILAN (AP) — Brahim Diaz’s first-half goal helped AC Milan to a 4-1 win over Monza in Serie A, bringing former Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani to the San Siro on Saturday. led to an unhappy return.
Duke Origi scored his first goal for Milan and substitute Raffaele Leo sealed the game after Filippo Rancuccia had pulled one back for Monza.
The only negative note for Milan was the sight of Diaz holding his left ankle early in the second half. He received a standing ovation and Milan will be hoping his injury is not too serious, with their final two games in the Champions League group stage coming up in the next two weeks.
“When he (Diaz) is in good shape you can tell, he has these sharp little feet, he works really well because he is in good physical condition,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said.
“He’s had a muscle problem, it doesn’t look serious for him or (US defender Sergiu) Deist. We have a lot of games, I hope we have as many players as possible.
Diess impressed in his first Serie A start before being taken off at half-time after picking up a minor injury.
Milan went level with Serie A leaders Napoli ahead of the southern club’s game against Roma on Sunday.
Monza, who have won three of their last four league matches, remain five points above the relegation zone.
Much of the pre-match focus was on the return of Silvio Berlusconi and Galliani to the club that led them to 29 trophies in 31 years.
Berlusconi sold Monza in 2018 and appointed Galliani as CEO – reuniting the pair who found success at Milan until Berlusconi sold the Rossoneri in 2017.
The former Italian prime minister was not seen at the San Siro but TV cameras were on Guilani, who –As promised– Control your emotions during the game.
He was visibly moved before kick-off, however, looking around his old home and hugging everyone on the touchline, including former Milan player and current boss Paolo Maldini.
Milan took the lead in stunning fashion in the 16th minute as Diaz collected a goal kick in the center circle and fired it downfield, before curling past several defenders into the bottom right corner.
The Spain midfielder doubled his tally four minutes from half-time as Origi crossed the ball from the right and Diaz turned his marker before firing an angled drive into the far corner.
Origi got on the scoresheet himself in the 65th when he collected the ball from Junior Messias and fired into the top right corner.
Ranuccia got his side back into the game five minutes later with a superb free-kick into the right side of the net but Luo restored Milan’s three-goal advantage with six minutes remaining.
A late winner
Henrik Mkhitaryan scored in stoppage time to salvage a 4-3 win for Inter Milan, who were heading for a draw with fierce rivals Fiorentina after giving up a two-goal lead.
Inter went into the game aiming to move level with fifth-placed Lazio, five points behind Napoli, and things appeared to be going to plan when Niccolo Barella and Lotaro Martinez put the Nerazzurri 2-0 up after 15 minutes.
However, Arthur Cabral pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 33rd and Jonathan Akon equalized on the hour mark.
Martinez restored Inter’s lead in the 73rd minute but the Nerazzurri were only set to grab a point when Luka Jovic leveled again for Fiorentina in the final minute before the fourth minute of stoppage time. Mkhitaryan scored the winner.
Also, Salerno beat Spezia 1-0.