AC Milan edge Spezia with Maldini's maiden goal
Daniel Maldini made most of his rare start for AC Milan as his maiden goal helped his side edge Spezia 2-1 away on Saturday.
ROME: Daniel Maldini made most of his rare start for AC Milan as his maiden goal helped his side edge Spezia 2-1 away on Saturday.
Milan entered Saturday's game with Olivier Giroud's return, while Maldini got his first Serie A start since his debut for the senior team in February 2020.
After a goalless first half, the Rossoneri made tactic changes by throwing on Rafael Leao and Pietro Pellegri after the break, and it quickly made an impact in the 48th minute as Pierre Kalulu whipped in a cross from the right, and Maldini jumped to steer his header into the net, with his father Paolo cheering for him in the stands.
Spezia got back on level terms in the 80th minute as Daniele Verde's mazy run allowed him to cut inside to unleash a daisy-cutter which took a deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Mike Maignan.
The away side then strengthened the attack by hauling off Franck Kessie for Brahim Diaz, which proved decisive as the Real Madrid loanee scored the winner just four minutes after coming off the bench.
The other team of the Milan city, Inter Milan drew with Atalanta in a dramatic 2-2 stalemate at San Siro. Also on Saturday, Genoa tied with Hellas Verona in a 3-3 thriller. Agencies