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Milan v Salzburg Live Commentary, 03/11/2022

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MIL
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O. Giroud (14)
R. Krunić (46)
O. Giroud (57)
Junior Messias (90+1)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Commentary

Milan have qualified for the Champions League knockout stage for the first time since 2013-14 then. They can look forward to finding out who they'll face in the round of 16. That's all for now. Goodbye!
This result means that Milan finish second in Group E with 10 points, three behind Chelsea who've beaten Dinamo 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Salzburg stay third and will drop into the Europa League. It's the first time that the Rossoneri have won back-to-back Champions League games since October 2011. They're not a vintage Milan side but they're still very good.
Milan have secured their place in the last 16 of this season's Champions League! The Italian champions were lucky to have the lead over Salzburg at half-time, but scored three goals in the second half to see their visitors off. Giroud was heavily involved for the hosts, grabbing two goals and two assists.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: AC MILAN 4-0 RB SALZBURG
O. Giroud
Assist
Milan
90' + 2' Giroud bags himself another assist to cap an influential display. The Frenchman's been at the heart of all of Milan's goals.
Junior Messias
Goal
Milan
90' + 1' GOAL! AC MILAN 4-0 RB SALZBURG! Messias adds gloss to Milan's fine victory! The substitute reaches Giroud's forward pass on the counter and jinks inside from the right to fire left-footed into the top left corner. Kohn's unable to keep the shot out.
90' There'll be two more minutes of this. Milan have been a cut above Salzburg since half-time.
88' Sesko turns and shoots from inside the D. The Slovenian watches his effort rise over the crossbar. It's no threat to Tatarusanu.
M. Gabbia
P. Kalulu
Milan
86' Milan make a late substitution. Gabbia replaces Kalulu.
84' Tatarusanu races off his line to claim Koita's misguided header. Salzburg don't look like scoring now.
82' Kohn hands Milan a corner down their left. It doesn't trouble Salzburg and Pobega can't keep the ball in play.
80' Milan are letting Salzburg take a few more potshots at this point. Tatarusanu catches Sesko's drive from the right of the box. Sucic blazes over from further out.
78' Sucic has a pop at goal with his left foot from outside the box. It bounces harmlessly wide of the right-hand post.
F. Ballo
T. Hernández
Milan
78' Milan also freshen things up at left-back. Ballo-Toure replaces Hernandez.
C. De Ketelaere
R. Krunić
Milan
78' Milan take the chance to bring on more fresh legs too. Off goes one of their goalscorers Krunic. On comes De Ketelaere.
A. Ulmer
M. Wöber
Salzburg
77' Wober is the latest Salzburg player to leave the pitch. Their captain Ulmer replaces him at left-back.
S. Koïta
N. Okafor
Salzburg
77' Okafor heads off. He might have scored earlier but for Kalulu's intervention. Koita comes on for Salzburg.
75' Kalulu's hassled by Wober in hs own half and gets a free-kick.
73' Milan are keeping the ball more easily now. Salzburg's energy levels have dipped.
71' Tonali misplaces a pass straight to Kjaergaard in front of his own box. The Dane hastily lashes wide of the right-hand post. That's Salzburg's best chance for a while.
T. Pobega
I. Bennacer
Milan
69' Bennacer also goes off. On comes Pobega for Milan.
Junior Messias
Rafael Leão
Milan
69' Leao leaves the pitch to a warm reception from the Milan fans. Messias replaces him.
68' Milan are preparing to make changes. They can afford to now they've wrapped the win up. Meanwhile, Kameri gets a routine save out of Tatarusanu with a low drive, and Dedic fires over from the right of the box.
66' Leao hits the crossbar from close range! The Milan forward has been too good for Salzburg all game and is unfortunate not to score with a rising effort from inside the box. Hernandez picked him out with a perfectly placed low cross.
D. Kameri
L. Gourna-Douath
Salzburg
64' The stricken Gourna-Douath is substituted. Kameri takes his place in midfield for Salzburg.
63' Gourna-Douath goes down off the ball. The midfielder appears to have injured himself while playing a pass upfield.
B. Šeško
J. Adamu
Salzburg
62' Salzburg make a change. Adamu goes off. Their Slovenian forward Sesko comes on in his place.
L. Gourna-Douath
Yellow Card
Salzburg
61' Gourna-Douath's shown the yellow card for a reckless challenge.
59' Milan have scored five goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half of games in the Champions League this season. No team's better than them straight after half-time, as Salzburg have found to their cost.
O. Giroud
Goal
Milan
57' GOAL! AC MILAN 3-0 RB SALZBURG! This game's over as a contest now. Leao goes on a mazy run from left to right before picking his cross. Salzburg's centre-backs can't get their feet together and Giroud smashes the loose ball into the net to grab his second goal of the match.
56' Salzburg haven't had a shot in this half yet. Milan have tightened up defensively since the break.
54' Kalulu is roughed up by Okafor and buys a foul in his own half.
52' Seiwald can't master a pass to his feet in the box. Salzburg haven't recovered their momentum from before the half-time break.
50' Kjaer reaches Leao's header on and has a shot blocked from the free-kick. Kalulu's thumper from range is straight down the throat of Kohn. Milan are finally starting to take control of this game.
48' Bennacer wins a free-kick down Milan's right as he's hauled down by Gourna-Douath.
O. Giroud
Assist
Milan
46' Giroud knew the angle was against him so was right to look to find Krunic instead. Salzburg have played well but it'll be a miracle if they can come back to win from here.
R. Krunić
Goal
Milan
46' GOAL! AC MILAN 2-0 RB SALZBURG! Second place in Group E may well be Milan's now! Giroud nods Rebic's right-wing cross back across goal and Krunic heads it in from close range.
46' Milan get the second half started. They're 45 minutes from finishing second in Group E as things stand.
Bernardo
O. Solet
Salzburg
46' Salzburg make a half-time substitution. Bernardo replaces Solet at centre-back.
Salzburg had 76 per cent possession in the last 15 minutes of that first half. They've had just one shot fewer than Milan's nine. Stefano Pioli won't want his players to bow to pressure and sit back after the break. He'll want his team to grab a second goal that would all but seal their last-16 place.
An energetic first half comes to an end. Milan lead through Giroud's header from a corner, but Salzburg have caused the Italian champions plenty of problems at the back. If the visitors can equalise early in the second half, a win really isn't beyond them. More to come!
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: AC MILAN 1-0 RB SALZBURG
45' Salzburg end the half in the ascendancy. Adamu hits Kjaergaard's left-wing cross at Tatarusanu, who makes himself big. The Austrians end up getting a free-kick down their left which the Milan goalkeeper punches clear. That's all for now.
N. Okafor
Yellow Card
Salzburg
43' Okafor's shown the game's first yellow card for putting a stop to Leao's run. The Portugal international is troubling Salzburg.
42' Salzburg get a corner down their left. Milan are able to deal with it without any incident.
41' Wober's header from the centre of the box is blocked. Up the other end, Leao takes on Solet again down the right but can't get a clear attempt at goal.
40' Leao wriggles in behind Solet to bear down on goal! The Salzburg defender's let off the hook as Pavlovic bravely slides in to block the Milan forward's shot.
38' Tatarusanu makes a good save to stop Sucic's left-footed drive from finding the net. Milan try to counter through Hernandez but it doesn't work out.
37' Salzburg win a corner down their left which Milan defend capably. Kjaergaard shanks well wide from outside the box.
35' Salzburg keep hold of the ball for a while, meaning that Milan have to drop back. The visitors are somewhat unlucky to be behind.
33' Kalulu punts upfield under pressure. The directness in Salzburg's play is making Milan uncomfortable on occasion.
31' Bennacer's effort from outside the box is blocked. Tonali forces Kohn to make a comfortable save, shooting from a similar distance.
29' Okafor latches onto a sliderule pass through the centre. Kalulu slides in and takes him out before he can beat Tatarusanu. A quick VAR check confirms it isn't a foul.
27' Krunic gets back to defend and is pushed over by Dedic in his eagerness to win the ball. Milan free-kick.
25' Hernandez drives to the edge of the box and blasts a shot at goal that Kohn can only spill in front of him. Giroud promptly buries it into the net, but the offside flag goes straight up.
23' Giroud's caught by surprise as a cross unexpectedly lands to him in the penalty area. The Milan forward shins it high and wide and grins wryly.
22' Giroud takes a tumble in the box but there's no suggestion of a penalty. Bennacer fires over from distance shortly after.
20' Rebic takes on Pavlovic down the right for Milan and gets a throw-in out of it.
18' Salzburg are undeterred by going behind. They're driving forward at every opportunity. Adamu receives a pass to feet in the box and swivels on the spot to shoot straight into the arms of Tatarusanu. The 21-year-old fires off-target at the near post from Wober's cross seconds later.
16' That's Giroud's third Champions League goal of the season. He's scored in consecutive appearances in this competition for the first time since December 2020 for Chelsea.
S. Tonali
Assist
Milan
14' Tonali whipped the ball into the box with menace, and there was no doubt that Giroud would get his head on the end of it. Milan will be glad to have the lead, given how open this game has been so far.
O. Giroud
Goal
Milan
14' GOAL! AC MILAN 1-0 RB SALZBURG! Giroud nods in unmarked from Tonali's corner. This goal is as easy as they come!
13' Pavlovic hands Milan a corner down their left. Tonali heads over to take it.
11' There's action at both ends! Kjaergaard gets denied by a fantastic sliding block by Tomori Now Milan stream upfield! Leao holds the ball up to the left of the box before finding Bennacer. The Algerian's shot gets charged down quickly.
9' Leao dribbles inside and skips past a few challenges to keep Milan moving. The hosts earn a throw-in down their right and eventually get the ball into Salzburg's penalty area. The Austrians clear.
7' Krunic attempts to free Giroud through the middle, but the Frenchman is offside.
5' Both teams are playing with purpose early on, charging into each other's halves at will. It looks like this will be a positive, end-to-end game.
3' Hernandez hits the woodwork! The Milan captain blazes into the left of Salzburg's box and lets rip with a powerful shot. It bounces off the right-hand upright and out of play.
2' Salzburg start off with intent, pressing Milan into their own defensive third. Tomori cannily sees the ball out for a goal-kick.
1' The visitors Salzburg get this game underway!
This is Salzburg's second away trip to face Milan in the Champions League, the previous one being a 3-0 defeat in September 1994. The Italians are unbeaten in all three of these teams' Champions League meetings, drawing their last meeting in September 1-1. A repeat of that result would be enough to see the hosts through.
Salzburg put out the same 11 that lost narrowly at home to Chelsea 2-1 last week.
There are two changes to Milan from their last group game, a 4-0 away win over Dinamo Zagreb. Kjaer and Krunic come into the starting lineup.
SUBS: Youba Diarra, Alexander Walke, Andreas Ulmer, Benjamin Sesko, Bernardo, Kamil Piatkowski, Sekou Koita, Roko Simic, Ignace van der Brempt, Dijon Kameri, Nico Mantl.
RB SALZBURG (4-3-1-2): Philipp Kohn; Amar Dedic, Oumar Solet, Strahinja Pavlovic, Maximilian Wober (c); Nicolas Seiwald, Lucas Gourna-Douath, Maurits Kjaergaard; Luka Sucic; Chukwubuike Adamu, Noah Okafor.
SUBS: Fode Ballo-Toure, Sergino Dest, Junior Messias, Antonio Mirante, Tommaso Pobega, Charles de Ketelaere, Andreas Jungdal, Divock Origi, Matteo Gabbia, Brahim Diaz.
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Pierre Kalulu, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez (c); Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer; Ante Rebic, Rade Krunic, Rafael Leao; Olivier Giroud.
Salzburg currently sit third in Group E and need a win to leapfrog Milan into second place. The Austrian champions have only picked up one win in the group so far, so they'll have to attack if they want to reach the knockout phase for a second consecutive season. Lose and they could drop out of Europe entirely depending on events elsewhere. It's on!
Milan and Salzburg come into this final group game with a place in the last 16 still in their sights. The Italians only need to draw here at San Siro to join Chelsea in the knockout phase. They'll be confident of doing so despite losing 2-1 away to Torino last weekend.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Champions League Group E match between AC Milan and RB Salzburg at San Siro.