The Rossoneri needed the awakening of their French striker to get back into the race for Europe. AC Milan were in bad shape, with only 5 points won out of the last 12 possible in Serie A, and a elimination in the Champions League against the rival interist during the week. Against Sampdoria, the Milanese regained confidence with a big victory (5-1).
Olivier Giroud was out of realism in the league, after more than two months without goals. He found the net three times, against Sampdoria. A first time with a nice deflection of the head on a free kick from Brahim Diaz. A second on penalty, after having been at the origin of the action leading to the Genoese fault. The third is more atypical, since completely hooked by his defender, Giroud beat the opposing goalkeeper by a control before finishing in the empty goal. Brahim Diaz was also very prominent (1 goal, 2 ists).
AC Milan is one point behind Lazio (4th) and two from Inter (3rd), pending their respective meeting at Udinese and Napoli on Sunday.