Giroud scores two as Milan rout Cagliari 4-1 in Serie A

August 30, 2021
AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy on Sunday, August 29.
AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy on Sunday, August 29.

MILAN (AP):

Olivier Giroud scored his first two league goals for AC Milan as the Rossoneri beat Cagliari 4-1 in Serie A on Sunday.

All the goals came in the first half with Giroud scoring Milan's last two after early strikes from Sandro Tonali and Rafael Leao. Alessandro Deiola briefly made it 1-1 for Cagliari.

It was a second win in as many games for Milan, who are still without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The veteran forward remains out after injuring his knee in May and needing surgery.

Jose Mourinho's Roma also scored four goals as they won 4-0 at newly promoted Salernitana.

In Milan, the home side opened the scoring when Tonali curled a free kick into the top near corner in the 12th minute. It was also his first goal for Milan and only a second in Serie A for the former Brescia midfielder.

Cagliari levelled three minutes later as Deiola headed in a delightful lofted pass from Joao Pedro but Milan restored its lead almost immediately when Leao's effort was deflected in.

Giroud joined Milan from Chelsea in the off-season and the 34-year-old scored his first goal in the 24th. Brahim Diaz raced forward from the centre of midfield and sent a ball through to Giroud, who fired it into the far side of the net.

Giroud also converted a penalty two minutes from half-time after Cagliari midfielder Kevin Strootmann handled the ball just inside the penalty area.

ROMA ROUT

Salernitana had narrowly lost their first match back in the top flight for more than 20 years as they were defeated 3-2 by Bologna last week.

It was a lot more humiliating in their first home match following a second-half capitulation.

Lorenzo Pellegrini broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half and also scored Roma's fourth.

New forward Tammy Abraham opened his Roma account in the 69th following a goal from Jordan Veretout.

The 23-year-old Abraham is enjoying a fantastic start to life in Serie A after setting up both his side's goals and hitting the crossbar in a 3-1 win over Fiorentina last week.

Abraham recently joined Roma from Chelsea for 40 million euros (US$47 million).

PERFECT RECORD

Substitute Andrea Petagna scored two minutes after coming off the bench as Napoli also made it two wins out of two with a 2-1 victory at Genoa.

Petagna's goal came with six minutes remaining after Genoa midfielder Andrea Cambiaso had cancelled out Fabian Ruiz's opener.

Sassuolo drew 0-0 with Sampdoria.

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