AC Milan played Spezia on the road and faced a resilient defence who almost forced us to drop points. Milan won 2-1 with both goals coming in the second half from the starting and back up attacking midfielders of the side. The first half was cagey and ended 0-0 as with the Venezia game but the play opened up in the second half especially after Stefano Pioli’s radical substitutions.
Daniel Maldini got his first start ever for the club and capitalised with an exceptional goal to mark the occasion connecting wonderfully with a header from Pierre Kalulu cushioned cross to open the scoring. Milan managed the game well in the aftermath and Rafael Leao ran riot on the left wing, he hit the post and had three good chances to score but had shots blocked or saved. Milan suffered when substitute Verde toyed with Theo Hernandez and opened his body to shoot at goal but clipped Sandro Tonali to score via the deflection past Mike Maignan. Milan were back to 1-1 with 10 minutes left to play.
Brahim Diaz came off the becnh with 9 minutes to go and showed why he is so loved this season finding the space to score the winner by rolling the ball between the goalkeepers legs to make it 2-1. Diaz scored but Alexis Saelemaekers put in all the work to dribble into the box, hold the ball under multiple challenges and to pass it across the face of goal to find Diaz, another great assist from the Belgian.
Milan wrapped up a important albeit difficult win over Spezia to make it 5 wins and 1 draw from the opening 6 rounds of Serie A.