Daniel Maldini is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by scoring for AC Milan in Serie A during his first league start for the Italian giants…and Paolo was in the stands to see it!
- One of Italian football’s most famous names returned on a Serie A scoreboard
- Daniel Maldini took a 2-1 win for AC Milan over Spezia in his first league start
- The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of father Paolo and grandfather Cesare
One of the most famous names in Italian football returned to a Serie A scorer on Saturday when Daniel Maldini took AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Spezia on his first league start for the club.
The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of his father Paolo and grandfather Cesare, two Milan greats, by scoring in Italy’s top flight with a 48-minute header that lifted the Rossoneri to the top of the table.
“Daniel has talent, technique, he reads the game well and knows how to integrate himself,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli told Milan. DAZN.
Daniel Maldini achieved a 2-1 win for AC Milan over Spezia in his first league start for the club
The 19-year-old followed in the footsteps of his father Paolo, who sat in the stands to see it
Daniele Verde’s heavily deflected attack leveled the home side at the Stadio Alberto Picco, but a late goal from substitute Brahim Diaz restored Milan’s lead.
Milan moved into first place 16 points ahead of the rest of the weekend’s games. Spezia is 17th with four points.
“It’s always a complicated game here. They played well and had a good game, but we fought together and did what we always do. I’m happy for everyone, it’s hard to win here, but we did it,” Diaz . said DAZN.
He also followed his grandfather Cesare who was a great AC Milan
Pioli chose to give Maldini his first start after a grueling four-game run in 10 days for his side.
The coach’s decision paid off as the teenager came in front of his marker and headed in a cross from Pierre Kalulu after halftime, after a first half with no chances.
Maldini became the third generation of his family to score for the club after his grandfather Cesare and father Paolo, both former Italian and European champions of the Rossoneri.
The goal came 13 years and 179 days after Paolo’s last Serie A strike in 2008, while Cesare last reached it 60 years and 22 days ago in 1961.
A beaming Paolo Maldini, who is now technical director at Milan, took to the stands to celebrate his son’s achievement, and Pioli had some advice for the youngster after the game.
Daniel Maldini is surrounded by his AC Milan teammates after breaking the deadlock
Maldini opened the scoring before Brahim Diaz struck the winner and sent Milan to the top of Serie A
“He needs to be a little faster to get rid of his marker. Today (Spezia midfielder) Mehdi Bourabia kept a close eye on him and he should have moved a few meters away from him,” said Pioli.
“If you don’t, you’ll have less time to play. He can only develop and has everything to do well in the future.’
Rafael Leao was inches from doubling Milan’s lead when his looping shot hit the inside of the post, while Giulio Maggiore lost a glorious opportunity for Spezia by shooting from four yards.
Thiago Motta’s side tied the score in the 80th minute when Verde’s shot hit Sandro Tonali to misdirect the keeper and go in, but Alexis Saelemaekers selected Diaz on the edge of the six-yard box for the Spaniard to score the winner four minutes later comes on.