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AC Milan Players Return After International Break As Olivier Giroud Scoring Streak Goes On

2 goals, 2 assists and lots of qualifications.

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AC Milan sent out nine player to represent their national teams during the break. The figure is low due to numerous injuries but there were some standout performances. Here is a look at the Rossoneri performances over the break:

Olivier Giroud (France)

The star of the break with a brace in a mind boggling 14-0 win over Gibraltar. His first goal was a sublime low shot but the headline snatcher was his second as he channelled Leao scoring a similar overhead kick off a rebound. In the second fixture, he provided the assist for France’s first goal in a 2-2 draw with Greece. Giroud with his 2 goals and 1 assist continues to keep Kylian Mbappe at bay as the youngster looks to take the crown of the all-time top scorer of the French national team.

Theo Hernández (France)

Hernandez featured for 90 minutes in both games. He provided an assist for Mbappe in the 14-0 win. He also played 2-2 draw with Greece where he looked slightly lethargic.

Mike Maignan (France)

He only played in the 14-0 win and was rested in the second game. He did not have much to do in the fixture and becomes a part of his national team’s largest ever win.

Yunus Musah (United States)

Musah had a big break as the USA beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 before losing 2-1 but getting the aggregate victory. He played 90 minutes in both games and provided dynamism in the midfield as his side made in to the CONCACAF semi finals and qualified for the Copa America.

Tijjani Reijnders (Netherlands)

Reijnders played 90 minutes as the Netherlands beat Ireland 1-0 to secure their spot at the Euros. He played 45 minutes in a 6-0 win over Gibraltar coming in at half time.

Fikayo Tomori (England)

Tomori got a start against Malta in a 2-0 win. He was booked for a poor tackle and subbed off at half time. England have secured their spot for the Euros. He was an unused substitute against North Macedonia.

Rade Krunić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Krunic had a tough break as his team were beaten 4-1 by Luxembourg. The midfielder did not feature in the 2-1 loss to Slovakia. They will have to participate in the qualification round next year to make it to the Euros.

Noah Okafor (Switzerland)

Okafor played 75 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Kosovo as the main striker. In the second qualifier, he played 69 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Israel. He played 62 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Romania as they sit in second but have qualified for the Euros. He was lively but failed to make a goal contribution.

Malick Thiaw (Germany)

He was unused in both friendlies.