NEWS
Saturday September 5 2020
Maldini scores in Milan friendly win

Daniel Maldini and Pierre Kalulu were among the players on target, as Milan beat Serie B side Monza 4-1 at San Siro.

This friendly had been organised as a reunion for former Rossoneri chiefs Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani, who now run Monza, but the President is in hospital after his COVID-19 diagnosis and the CEO self-isolating as a precaution.

It took just six minutes for Milan to break the deadlock with a long-range daisy-cutter from Davide Calabria.

The defence was caught out by a ball over the top and Antonio Donnarumma flapped aimlessly as Mattia Finotto put the equaliser into an empty net.

Maldini restored his team’s advantage with a wonderful inside of the right boot finish into the far top corner after combining repeatedly with Lucas Paqueta.

Gabriel Paletta, another familiar face to the hosts, wasted a golden opportunity when firing over from a corner.

Cristian Brocchi’s Monza impressed in the second half and forced saves from Donnarumma with Marco Armellino, while Maldini had several more opportunities, and Theo Hernandez had to perform a goal-line clearance.

The Serie A side consolidated its victory with two goals late on, as left-back Pierre Kalulu fired in a right-foot strike from the edge of the box and Lorenzo Colombo’s spectacular left-foot curler from distance completed the rout.

Milan 4-1 Monza

Calabria 6 (Mi), Finotto 23 (Mo), Maldini 40 (Mi), Kalulu 89 (Mi), Colombo 91 (Mi)

Milan: A Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte (Kalulu 66), Bellodi (Michelis 82), Theo Hernandez; Bennacer (Krunic 46), Kessie (Pobega 66); Maldini (Laxalt 66), Paqueta (Brahim Diaz 66), Roback (Castillejo 66); Ibrahimovic (Colombo 66)

Monza: Lamanna (Di Gregorio 46); Lepore (Donati 46), Paletta, Bellusci (Scaglia 61), Sampirisi (Anastasio 66), D'Errico (Barillà 61), Barberis (Fossati 61), Armellino (Rigoni 67); Chiricò (Machin 46), Maric (Mosti 66), Finotto (Gliozzi 61)

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