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90' + 6'
Red Card
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
1 - 2
F. Đuričić
T. Augello
1 - 1
Rafael Leão
Yellow 2nd/RC
Junior Messias
Rafael Leão
0 - 1

Match Stats

57% 42%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 4
Total Passes 482 367
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Milan are back in action on Wednesday in the Champions League at home against Dinamo Zagreb. Sampdoria are next in action against Spezia on the road next Saturday in Serie A.
Milan display their resolve to secure a 2-1 win over Sampdoria in their Serie A clash, despite playing the majority of the second half with 10 men. The visitors took the lead in the first half through Junior Messias, but were disallowed a second by VAR for an offside call against Olivier Giroud. Rafael Leao was dismissed one minute into the second half for a high boot on Alex Ferrari, and the game appeared to turn in the favour of the hosts when Filip Djuricic levelled the scores. However, Milan were awarded a penalty by VAR after Gonzalo Villar handled in the box and Giroud dispatched the resulting spot-kick. Sampdoria were denied late on by Mike Maignan and the post as the Rossoneri held out for a gutsy victory.
90' + 7' OFF! Giampaolo vents his fury to the referee regarding a decision against Leris and is shown a red card.
M. Léris
Yellow Card
90' + 6' Leris is booked for catching Hernandez with a stray arm.
T. Augello
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Augello pulls back Calabria on the charge and goes into the book.
F. Quagliarella
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Quagliarella is booked for handball after stopping the game for reasons only known to him.
90' + 2' It is all hands on deck for Milan at the back. Leris cuts inside from the right flank to lift a free-kick to the back post, but Maignan comes off his line to claim the ball.
90' + 1' Augello makes a burst down the left flank and he gets through two challenges, but is eventually halted by Kjaer.
90' There will be seven minutes of added time.
89' Gabbiadini collects a knockdown from Ferrari and goes for a strike on the turn that trickles harmlessly wide of the right post.
87' SAVED AND OFF THE POST!! Gabbiadini breaks down the right flank and fires across the face of goal, only to be denied by the hand of Maignan. Verre follows up on the rebound, but strikes the left post from a tight angle. Gabbiadini tries again on the second rebound, but the Milan keeper makes another important block with his body before the visitors scramble the loose ball away.
R. Vieira
Gonzalo Villar
86' Villar made a costly mistake to concede the penalty and is now replaced by Vieira.
85' Giroud has space on the counter and lines up a blast from the edge of the box that deflects off Murillo and is claimed by Audero.
84' Sabiri and Gabbiadini try to combine on the edge of the box, but the Milan defence holds firm to quell the attack.
82' Hernandez bursts into space down the left flank and goes for a cutback towards Giroud, forcing Ferrari to divert the cross behind for a corner.
81' Sampdoria have lost their composure since going behind. They battled back well, but the resilience of Milan has knocked them out of their rhythm.
V. Verre
F. Đuričić
78' The Sampdoria goalscorer Djuricic is withdrawn for Verre.
F. Quagliarella
F. Caputo
78' Quagliarella replaces Caputo in the final third for the hosts. The forward was quiet this evening.
A. Vranckx
T. Pobega
78' Vranckx enters the action for the Rossoneri in the midfield to replace Pobega.
76' PENALTY SHOUT! Sabiri goes down in the box as he collides with Kalulu, but the referee is not interested in the Sampdoria appeals for a penalty.
75' Sabiri looks for the one-two with Caputo on the edge of the box, but his pass evades the forward and travels straight through to Maignan.
73' SAVE! Gabbiadini forces a strike through a crowd of Milan defenders on the edge of the box, but Maignan gets down to make the save.
I. Bennacer
C. De Ketelaere
71' De Ketelaere makes way for the visitors and is replaced by Bennacer.
69' Pioli will be thrilled with his side's response to Sampdoria's equalier and being down to 10 men. The champions have played up to their billing and are back in front.
O. Giroud
Penalty Goal
67' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GIROUD CONVERTS!!!! 2-1 MILAN!!!! The Rossoneri regain their lead as Giroud blasts his spot-kick into the net. He goes high and to the left, sending Audero the wrong way. A fine penalty from the forward.
Gonzalo Villar
Yellow Card
66' Villar is booked for his handball, which results in a penalty for Milan.
66' PENALTY TO MILAN! Giroud's header failed to find the target for a reason as it struck Villar's hand before travelling wide of the target. The referee looks at the screen at the side of the pitch and sees the ball strike the hand of the Sampdoria midfielder. He then points to the spot.
65' There is a VAR check as Giroud's header may have struck the hand of Villar on its way to goal.
64' GIROUD HAS TO SCORE! The forward attacks a corner from Tonali from the right flank and directs a header towards the target, only to guide his effort wide of the right post.
63' SAVE! Giroud and Pobega combine in the final third to tee up Hernandez for a strike at goal. He curls a right-footed effort towards goal that Audero has to turn over the top.
M. Gabbiadini
B. Bereszyński
59' An attacking sub by the home side as Bereszynski makes way for Gabbiadini.
F. Tomori
Junior Messias
59' Messias is sacrificed to allow Tomori to shore up the Milan defence. Calabria may push forward and Kalulu may drop in at right-back.
T. Augello
57' Augello raids down the left flank and angles a cross to the near post that Djuricic converts.
F. Đuričić
57' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DJURICIC HEADS HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SAMPDORIA ARE LEVEL!!!!!! 1-1!!!! The home side are back in the game as the forward glances Augello's cross past Maignan. Sampdoria work the ball down the left flank before Augello angles a precise delivery to the near post. Djuricic makes a good run and gets there ahead of Maignan before flicking his header into the back of the net.
55' WIDE! Hernandez floats a cross into the box from the left flank that Pobega attacks, but can only direct his header wide of the left post.
A. Ferrari
Yellow Card
54' Hernandez has a run at Ferrari down the left flank and he goes down under pressure from the defender. Ferrari is booked and the visitors have a free-kick in a useful position.
53' WIDE! Tonali lifts a cross in from the right flank that is not cleared at the first attempt by the home side. The loose ball falls to Messias, who powers a left-footed strike just wide of the target.
52' Messias has a run at Villar down the right flank and draws a foul. Milan have a chance to send a set-piece into the box.
50' Sampdoria have a real chance to get a positive result out of the game now. They're still going to have be composed, but there will be opportunities for them against the 10 men of Milan.
49' Leao has been dismissed for the first time in 101 Serie A appearances.
47' RED CARD! Leao goes for a cross with a high boot in the Sampdoria box and catches Ferrari in the head. The referee brandishes a second yellow card and then a red to send the forward on his way.
46' We're back under way in this Serie A clash.
Sampdoria will not feel too bad at the break regarding their performance. They're still in the game after De Ketelaere's goal was disallowed which gave them a reprieve. Sampdoria's results against Lazio and Juventus at home will give them confidence that they can get something out of the game, they just need to take their chance when it comes.
Milan hold a 1-0 lead over Sampdoria at the break in their Serie A clash. Junior Messias fired the Rossoneri ahead in the sixth minute following a quick break. The visitors were denied a second by VAR after Charles De Ketelaere found the net. OIivier Giroud was deemed offside in the build-up, which resulted in the referee overturning his decision. At the other end, Filip Djuricic hit the bar, but the home side have been quiet in the final third in their bid to find an equaliser.
45' + 2' Messias tries to thread the needle to release Giroud in the box, but it just evades the forward as Audero rushes out to smother the ball.
45' + 1' De Ketelaere collects from Calabria on the right flank and tries to fire an effort through a crowd of players, but sees his effort charged down.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
42' WIDE! Giroud latches onto another cutback from the left flank, this time from Leao. He turns on his left foot amid pressure from Ferrari, only to fire wide of the left post.
42' AUDERO DENIES GIROUD! Milan come close to a second as Giroud sees his effort saved by the Sampdoria keeper. Pobega drives forward and feeds Hernandez in the inside-left channel. His cutback finds Giroud in the middle, who turns and fires at goal, but Audero produces a fine reaction stop to deny the Frenchman.
41' OVER! Leao lifts a deep cross towards the inside-left channel for Hernandez to attack his delivery first-time on the volley. He gets there, only to slice his effort well over the top.
39' WIDE! Rincon rises highest in the box at the near post from Sabiri's free-kick from the right flank, but his header drifts wide of the left post and just out of Caputo's reach.
38' Kalulu is guilty of fouling Leris on the left flank after getting caught on the deck, handing Sampdoria a free-kick in a useful position.
37' Milan regain possession through Calabria before Tonali takes over. He looks for a cross-field pass towards De Ketelaere, but Villar makes an important interception.
36' Hernandez wins the ball deep in Sampdoria's half and offloads to Tonali. The midfielder tries to drive through a crowd of players, but gets halted by Murillo and Villar before he can threaten.
35' Leao sends Hernandez down the left flank on the charge and he looks for a cutback towards Giroud. Ferrari reads the danger at the near post and clears.
32' De Ketelaere is played into space down the left flank. He tries to break into the box, but Leris and Bereszynski combine to crowd out the forward and regain possession for Sampdoria.
30' Leao does not need much license to shoot. The forward has attempted 25 shots this season, the joint-highest total in Serie A (alongside 2 other players).
28' WIDE! Space opens up for Leao in the final third and he lines up a drive at goal that travels wide of the target. The forward has been a constant outlet for his team tonight.
25' Sampdoria are off the hook there as Milan will feel that was a very marginal call. At 2-0 down the home side would have been right up against it.
24' DISALLOWED GOAL! De Ketelaere believes that he has handed Milan a two-goal lead with his first goal for the club. However, it is chalked off by VAR for an offside in the build-up as Giroud interferes with Ferrari as he tries to clear a cross into the box. That deflection travelled to Leao to tee up De Ketelaere for his goal that he scored with his back. After being instructed to the screen at the side of the pitch, the referee overturned his initial decision.
19' Sampdoria are moving the ball nicely enough around the pitch, which will give Giampaolo confidence that his team can break down the Milan defence.
Rafael Leão
Yellow Card
17' Leao goes into the book for the visitors for a lunge on Ferrari in the Sampdoria box.
14' Leris has space down the right flank on a break, but he places his offload behind the run of Caputo and allows Calabria to make the intervention before clearing at the second attempt.
11' OFF THE BAR! Djuricic comes inches away from an equaliser. Caputo twists and turns in the box and offloads back to Djuricic on the edge of the box. He curls an effort towards the top-right corner that beats Maignan, only to smash off the bar and travel over.
10' Milan have looked dangerous in the early stages of the game, displaying a clinical edge to take the lead. Sampdoria have work to do to get back into the game.
8' Milan have avoided defeat in their last 11 matches when scoring the opening goal in Serie A dating back to 13th February 2022 against Sampdoria.
Rafael Leão
6' Leao starts and finishes the move for the Rossoneri. He touches Giroud's offload back to Messias, who does the rest with a smart finish.
Junior Messias
6' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! MESSIAS FIRES MILAN AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The visitors take the lead on a quick counter with Messias blasting home at the back post. Leao leads the break and feeds Giroud in the box. He works the ball back across towards the forward, who touches it enough to reach Messias. The Brazilian fires at goal first time and his effort has too much power for Audero to react and keep it out.
5' OVER! Sampdoria find space in the final third as Augello clips a cross to the back post. Leris meets it on the volley, but sees his effort charged down by Kalulu. Rincon gathers on the edge of the area, only to launch his effort over the top.
3' BLOCK! Milan break with pace down the left flank and space opens up for Leao to strike from the inside-left channel, only to see his effort blocked behind by Ferrari.
1' We're under way in this Serie A contest.
Milan have won four of their last five Serie A games against Sampdoria (D1), without conceding a goal in the last two; the last time the Blucerchiati beat the Rossoneri in the top-flight was back in March 2019, 1-0 (Defrel's goal) at Ferraris, under Giampaolo.
Milan have made three changes to their side from their draw against Salzburg during the week. Kjaer gets the start at centre-back as he replaces Tomori, who drops to the bench. Saelemaekers makes way despite scoring and is replaced by Messias, while Pobega gets the nod ahead of Bennacer.
Sampdoria have made four changes to their side that lost to Verona last time out. Ferrari comes into the back four in place of Omar Colley, who misses out. Villar, Feris and Djuricic start in the midfield as Verre, Vieira and Quagliarella drop to the bench.
MILAN SUBS: Ciprian Tatarusanu, Ismael Bennacer, Fode Ballo-Toure, Yacine Adli, Brahim Diaz, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Sergino Dest, Fikayo Tomori, Malick Thiaw, Aster Vranckx, Matteo Gabbia, Alexis Saelemaekers, Antonio Mirante.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Theo Hernandez; Tommaso Pobega, Sandro Tonali; Junior Messias, Charles de Ketelaere, Rafael Leao; Olivier Giroud.
SAMPDORIA SUBS: Bruno Amione, Valerio Verre, Andrea Conti, Ronaldo Vieira, Ignacio Pussetto, Manolo Gabbiadini, Fabio Quagliarella, Gerard Yepes, Nicola Murru, Nicola Ravaglia.
SAMPDORIA (4-1-4-1): Emil Audero; Bartosz Bereszynski, Jeison Murillo, Alex Ferrari, Tommaso Augello; Gonzalo Villar; Mehdi Leris, Tomas Rincon, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Filip Djuricic; Francesco Caputo.
Milan can join Napoli level on points at the top of the table with a victory tonight. Stefano Pioli's men have taken 11 points from their opening five matches of the campaign, starting with an unbeaten record. The Rossoneri put down a statement in the first Milan derby of the season, defeating Inter 3-2 in their last Serie A outing. They will take a lot of confidence from the result in the defence of their crown this term. Pioli's men followed that up with a solid 1-1 draw against Salzburg during the week in the Champions League, highlighting their resolve on the road after going behind.
Sampdoria have endured a poor start to the season after taking only two points from their opening five matches. However, those points did come in their two home matches, putting up spirited displays to earn a share of the spoils against Juventus and Lazio. Their issues have come on the road, including their 2-1 defeat to Verona in their last outing. Marco Giampaolo needs a response from his team tonight.
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