In their first Serie A (SA) match since the FIFA World Cup break, AC Milan beat Salernitana 2-1 to extend their run of scoring at least twice in every top-flight H2H between these sides.
After Fikayo Tomori blocked Boulaye Dia’s shot at the other end, Brahim Díaz almost became Milan’s third player to score on the second attempt as the Spaniard responded by striking agonisingly wide when Domagoj Bradarić stopped his initial effort.
The Frenchman snuck in to meet Alexis Saelemaekers’ pass before being held off by Matteo Lovato as the ball trickled wide, shot straight at Ochoa, then got himself booked for dissent after fouling Ivan Radovanović.
Just before the hour mark, Tomori was denied a goal after Díaz was adjudged to have interfered from an offside position as the centre-back squeezed the ball past Ochoa.
After Bradarić’s red card for a challenge on Pierre Kalulu was downgraded, Ochoa made a super double-save to deny Giroud and Charles de Ketelaere before Inter Milan academy graduate Federico Bonazzoli clinically finished from Lassana Coulibaly’s cross to give I Granata hope.
However, Milan held on for their third win in four matches to aid their hopes of catching Napoli atop SA.