Olivier Giroud’s early strike gave AC Milan a 1-0 win over Torino on Tuesday, sending Stefano Pioli’s side to the top of the Serie A standings.
In the otherwise unpleasant first half, Giroud, another experienced Milan forward – starting in place of Zlatan Ibrahimovic – scored in his fourth Serie A goal of the season to prove the winner in the 14th minute.
Torino striker Andrea Bellotti, making his first start for the club since recovering from injury, had the best chance of equalizing for spectators in the second half but missed his kick in the goal thanks to his compassion.
Milan goalkeeper Cyprian Tatarusanu defended his side’s lead late to reject Torino substitute Antonio Sanabria as Bologna opened the gap to three points at the top of the table against hosts Napoli on Thursday.
“I think we played a good game,” Girud said DAZN. “Torino is a strong team, they are aggressive.
“I’m very happy because we did well from the start and Torino didn’t really threaten the chance to score a lot. That means we were very tough behind and we took three points, that’s the most important thing.
“We play every three days in a row. It’s not easy for the body. Not everything was perfect.”
Milan have now won nine of their first 10 Serie A matches for the first time since the 1954/55 campaign.
Salerno They went to the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win over the 10-man Venezia For the first victory of the incumbent Stefano Colantuono.
Salenitana conceded again in the 14th minute when Matia Aramu scored in the 14th minute, but Federico Bonazzoli equalized in the 61st minute. Seven minutes later when Ethan Ampadu was shown a red card the situation for the home team went from bad to worse.
Andrea Schiavone drilled the winner for her first Serie A goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
Salernitana moved one point above the Cagliari and at the level point with Genoa in 18th place. They are after a point from security Genoa Draw 1-1 Spices.