Soccer-Early Giroud strike sends AC Milan top of Serie A

Soccer-Early Giroud strike sends AC Milan top of Serie A

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27/10/2021 12:21:00 AM

Soccer-Early Giroud strike sends AC Milan top of Serie A

MILAN (Reuters) - French striker Olivier Giroud's early strike earned AC Milan a narrow 1-0 win over Torino on Tuesday to send Stefano Pioli's side top of the Serie A standings.

Torino's Italy striker Andrea Belotti, making his first start for the club since August having recovered from injury, had the visitors' best chance to level in the second half but missed his kick with the goal at his mercy.Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu preserved his side's lead late on with a fine save to deny Torino substitute Antonio Sanabria as the hosts opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table over Napoli, who host Bologna on Thursday.

Torino are 13th on 11 points.(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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In an otherwise uneventful first half, Giroud, starting in place of another veteran Milan forward -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- tapped home his fourth Serie A goal of the season for what proved to be the winner in the 14th minute.Pioli's side have impressed so far this season, winning eight and drawing one of their nine league games following their 4-2 success at Bologna on Saturday.Pioli's side have impressed so far this season, winning eight and drawing one of their nine league games following their 4-2 success at Bologna on Saturday.Juventus travelled to Milan in fine form having won their previous six games in all competitions, but soon found themselves behind as Inter striker Edin Dzeko fired home after Hakan Calhanoglu's shot had hit the post in the 17th minute.

Torino's Italy striker Andrea Belotti, making his first start for the club since August having recovered from injury, had the visitors' best chance to level in the second half but missed his kick with the goal at his mercy. Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu preserved his side's lead late on with a fine save to deny Torino substitute Antonio Sanabria as the hosts opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table over Napoli, who host Bologna on Thursday. "It's too early (for title talk), nine matches are nothing," Pioli told a news conference ahead of his side's clash with Torino on Tuesday. Torino are 13th on 11 points. "The next step is to go all the way. (Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris) Article type: metered . Last year we lacked something in terms of consistency, where we lost points when our performances dropped.