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Monza-Milan 4-2, pyrotechnic match: Giroud and Pulisic are not enough. Pessina-show and Palladino stops Pioli’s run

Milan interrupts a series of nine consecutive results and emerges defeated from the match against Monza. For the first time in the season, the Brianza team managed to beat a team in the first half of the table and did so with an important outburst at the end of the first half, where Matteo Pessina and Dany Mota found two goals in quick succession. The Brianza captain converted the penalty caused by Malick Thiaw, while Mota made great use of a counterattack, triggered by Andrea Colpani. During the interval Stefano Pioli, not happy with the team’s passive attitude, made several changes and Milan changed their skin in the second half.

Bondo celebrates with his teammates for the goal in Monza-Milan – Serie A 2023/2024

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Luka Jovic’s expulsion for punching Armando Izzo in the face triggers an endless succession of twists and turns. Monza breaks away from the match and Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic find the goals that bring the Rossoneri back to parity. However, in the 90th minute Warren Bondo made Brianteo explode, scoring a great goal from outside the area (the first for him in Serie A). In full injury time Lorenzo Colombo scores his Milan and closes the match with the final score of 4-2: this goal also comes from an excellent starting point from Pessina, author of an excellent performance. Pioli fails to overtake Juventus in the standings and remains in third place, while Monza enjoys the celebration at the end of a match which nevertheless remains a splendid spot for our championship in terms of intensity and emotion.

The scoreboard

MONZA (4-2-3-1): Di Gregorio (43′ Sorrentino); Birindelli, Izzo, Pablo Mari, A. Carboni; Gagliardini, Pessina (c); V.Carboni (66′ Bondo), Colpani (80′ Pedro Pereira), Dany Mota (80′ Maldini); Djuric (66′ Colombo). Coach: Palladino

MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi (83′ Musah), Thiaw, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez (c); Bennacer (54′ Giroud), Adli (45′ Reijnders); Chukwueze (45′ Leao), Loftus-Cheek, Okafor (45′ Pulisic); Jovic. Allenatore: Pioli.

GOALS: 45′ Pessina (R), 45’+6′ Dany Mota, 65′ Giroud, 88′ Pulisic, 90′ Bondo, 90’+5′ Colombo.

ASSIST: 45’+6′ Colpani, 65′ Pulisic, 90′ Maldini, 90’+5′ Pessina.

BOOKED: 33′ Djuric for a foul on Bennacer, 45’+7 Pessina for a foul on Theo Hernandez, 76′ Bondo and Dany Mota (the first for a foul on Thiaw, the second for a touch of the hand), 82′ Cabbia for a foul on Pessina .

SENT OFF: 51′ Jovic for violent conduct against Izzo (handed in the face, after VAR check).

NOTE: 43′ Di Gregorio out due to injury after a blow to the head suffered in an aerial collision with Andrea Carboni, 51′ Palladino booked for protests, added time +8′, +5′.

The news in 9 key moments

33′ DJURIC POST! Opportunity created by Monza with the dialogue between Birindelli and Valentin Carboni. The latter crosses for Djuric, who finds a notable twist. The ball kisses the top of the post and goes out.

45′ PENALTY MONZA, PESSINA TRANSFORMS! Thiaw knocks out Djuric, the referee lets it run for the advantage, then Thiaw also knocks out Dany Mota, in the area, and causes the penalty. Pessina displaces Maignan with his left foot and puts the Brianza forward.

45’+4′ VERY CHANCE MILAN! Adli goes to a very precise opening for Loftus-Cheek, who makes the pass for Jovic. The Milan striker is blocked by Pablo Mari, then he kicks Theo Hernandez but the ball is lost on the bottom.

45’+6′ MONZA GOAL! Dany Mota doubles the lead at the end of a well-managed counterattack. Colpani recovers the ball from Bennacer, beats Thiaw to the beat and serves Dany Mota with the right turns, who shoots after having mocked Florenzi. Monza doubles.

51′ MILAN IN 10, JOVIC SENT OFF! Madness from Jovic, who slaps Izzo in the face. Colombo initially warns the attacker but then, after the on-field review, changes the color of the card which becomes red.

65′ GOAL FROM GIROUD! Cross from Florenzi from the right to Pulisic, who extends well for Giroud. The Brianza defense gets caught out and Giroud scores with an acrobatics.

88′ PULISIC, WHAT A GOAL! Milan equalized with the great play of the American, who with his left foot put the ball where Sorrentino couldn’t reach. The Devil never dies.

90′ BONDO’S GOAL, SOUNDBITE! Bondo scores: splendid save from Pessina, for Maldini, who serves Bondo well, who finds a phenomenal goal from outside the area and puts the Brianza back in the lead.

90’+5′ COLOMBO CLOSES IT! Monza knocks out Milan with a goal from Colombo, the heart of the Rossoneri, which Pessina serves with perfect timing.

The social moment of the match

L’MVP

BONDO: Palladino inserts him in the last half hour to take advantage of the extra man in depth: in the final he finds the first goal against Monza with a true masterpiece.

Fantasy football

Promoted

PULISIC: Tarantolato. He comes in and after two minutes the first chance is created with a shot which, however, ends up very high. Shortly afterwards he scored the assist to make it 2-1 with a header. In the final he draws football with a curling shot that makes it 2-2.

Rejected

THIAW: Back as starter after almost three months due to injury. A total disaster. The penalty foul on Dany Mota was naive and came three seconds after another borderline foul on Djuric. Unforgivable, as was the empty exit on Carboni during the 2-0 goal.

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