(EFE) – Milan scared away the surprise on the first day of Serie A against a more than belligerent Udinese (4-2) thanks, in part, to the great performance of the Spanish Brahim Díaz, who closed his game with a goal and a attendance.
The champion began the defense of the title at home, in a San Siro filled to the brim with fans excited about this project and willing to enjoy the first match of Serie A. What promised to be a party for the Milanese, a confirmation of a great preseason, quickly turned into a nightmare.
Udinese jumped in very actively and Stefano Pioli, the ‘Rossonero’ coach, snorted in concern when before the first minute his team had conceded a corner. Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu served a measured ball to the near post, closed and tense, where the figure of Brazilian Becao emerged, powerful, to comb and deflect the ball to the back of the net. Silence took over a San Siro that saw how the match was put against them in a minute.
Milan found themselves on the ropes at the first change, but brought out the collective maturity that characterized them last season to react. This time from the hand of a Brahim Díaz who left a great individual performance, with a cross shot in the fifth minute that repelled the visiting goal, yes, leaving the rejection at the mercy of Calabria in the small area. The winger failed to finish off, but Soppy took the ‘rossonero’ captain ahead and the referee, through VAR, signaled the maximum penalty.
Theo Hernández pulled gallons and assumed responsibility from eleven meters. The Frenchman tricked the Italian Silvestri and put the tie at one for San Siro to breathe again. Start more than hectic for Milan, who took control of the game after the penalty and completed the comeback in the fifteenth minute with a goal from Rebic to the center of Calabria.
The match was put in front of the locals, who commanded the score and the game. But at the buzzer, in the last minute of stoppage time, the Moroccan Adam Masina took advantage of the defensive weakness of the Brazilian Junior Messias to tie the game with a header: 2-2. A new game began for the second half.
And if in the first half Udinese started strongly, this time Milan did it, looking for Theo to start down the left lane. The Frenchman took a slightly past center that the visiting defense failed to clear and that Brahim, the smartest in the class, took advantage of to put his team ahead in the first minute of the second half.
The man from Malaga did not stop there, continuing to press, asking for the ball between the lines and filtering good balls before completing his spectacular start to the campaign with an assist for Rebic to seal his double and close out the game definitively. Both protagonists were replaced, making way for the Belgian De Ketelaere and the French Giroud, respectively.
Milan slept the game with possession and took advantage of the spaces left by Udinese, looking for a goal that would put them back in the match, to attack down the wings. The match ended and the San Siro celebrated the eventful victory in which Brahim was key.