Olivier Giroud inspired AC Milan to a 1-0 victory over Torino on Sunday, propelling the team to within touching distance of their first Serie A title since 2011. The France international scored the only goal of the game in the 85th minute with a fiercely hit shot from outside the penalty area, capping off a performance full of determination and skill.
Giroud was drafted into AC Milan’s starting eleven after talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out through injury, and he more than proved his worth on an afternoon when both sides battled for supremacy in a tightly contested affair. The veteran French striker tested Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with a number of long-range efforts in the first half, but it wasn’t until five minutes before the final whistle that his hard work paid off. Receiving a pass from Franck Kessié on the edge of the box, Giroud unleashed an unstoppable effort which flew into the top corner past Sirigu to put Milan 1-0 up.
The goal sparked joyous scenes amongst Milan’s players and staff, as well as their supporters who had been eagerly awaiting such an iconic moment all season. With just three games remaining until May 23rd, when Milan could potentially clinch their 18th league title, Giroud’s strike has provided them with a major boost as they look to finish strong down this crucial stretch.
Although his goalscoring exploits were decisive in securing Milan’s win over Torino, Giroud also showed great all-round quality throughout and was often involved with link up play between midfield and attack. His technical ability was clear to see as he completed 86% of his passes during his 90 minutes on field, while also providing regular support for teammates by making unselfish runs beyond defenders and into open space.
It is not only fans of AC Milan who admire Giroud’s impressive form – neutrals have praised his tireless contributions in recent weeks and many have even compared him to legendary striker Marco Van Basten – another iconic figure in Rossoneri history whose name will forever be entrenched in Italian football folklore.
With just one game left before their potential coronation as Serie A champions, AC Milan will now look towards Giroud for inspiration once again – this time wearing an AC Milan jersey which could soon be adorned with championship gold stars adorning its crest come May 23rd 2021 if they continue their remarkable run of form under coach Stefano Pioli this season.
For now, Giroud’s Goal provides the motivation for Milan to finish what they have started and finally break their long wait for a league championship. His goal was a reminder once again that, with enough determination and skill, can be achieved no matter the odds – something which AC Milan proved yet again on Sunday.