Key moment: After a balanced and attractive first half, Milan strikes again (2-0) 41 seconds after the break. Match played.
Man of the match: Ancient warrior Olivier Giroud was again preferred over Divock Origi. The 36-year-old Frenchman was involved in all the goals.
Remarkable: Salzburg started with a very young team. Defender Maximilian Wöber was the old age dean of the team with his 24 springs.
The spectators in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium were presented with a pleasant viewing piece. Salzburg came to Milan with a very young and energetic team, the home team could count on the flashes of Leao and Hernandez.
The 1-0 came from a corner kick. Salzburg had lost sight of Giroud, the experienced goal-getter didn’t even have to jump to head the ball in.
The game went up and down well. Goalkeepers Köhn and Tatarusanu – what a lovely name – both had to distinguish themselves. The defenders of both teams also showed their qualities.
Giroud put the ball in a second time. He was going to celebrate extensively, but the assistant had waved the flag long ago.
41 seconds after the break, Milan’s goal did count. Krunic, who was preferred over De Ketelaere, headed in sharply. The ball came from Giroud.
Not much later, the French striker decided the game himself. Salzburg didn’t put anything in the way of Leao, Giroud made it 3-0 in a jiffy.
Fifteen minutes before time, De Ketelaere was allowed to come in. The Red Devil showed himself with an action and a steal. He failed to shoot at target.
Messiah did get that chance. The reserve player found space on the right and curled in the 4-0. Giroud – he again – had launched it.
Thanks to the big win, Milan can play the 1/8th finals in the Champions League for the first time in 9 years. The Italian champion pushes through as number 2 in group E, Chelsea wins the group and can meet Club Brugge.