AC Milan had 63 percent possession and 6 shots on goal but was still all tied at 0–0 entering the 94th minute. This along with VAR disallowing a goal from each team made for a lackluster night from Milan in many ways. It was a beautiful cross and header from Milan’s young Iberians that grabbed 3 points and turned the evening around. Coming on in the 2nd half André Silva connected with Suso’s perfect cross and elation ensued. After an emotional last week on an off the field, this was a needed result for the team, but this goal was even more crucial to André Silva.
The Portuguese striker arrived at Milano with a 35 million price tag and 16 Liga NOS goals last season. Lighting it up early in the Europa League with 8 goals in that competition the goals never came in the league and his playing time started to dwindle. In that time the chatter started that we are looking to sell André this summer. He was also passed by homegrown product Patrick Cutrone during this span who has been in great form. Hopefully, this goal will silence some of the rumors and be the start of him getting settled into a notoriously challenging league for goal scorers in getting adjusted and comfortable in.
For Milan to make a real challenge at a champions league spot they are going to need more contributions from Silva. He has a good amount of first-team experience from Porto and has great technique as he put on display with that wonderful power and placement on the goal. André will need to draw on all of that, after finally getting his first league goal, to help Milan climb the table and make things interesting in the race for 4th.