Olivier Giroud scores just four minutes into his AC Milan debut with his first touch as Stefano Pioli’s side ramps up preparations for the new season with a 1-1 draw against Nice
- Olivier Giroud’s move to AC Milan for 2 million euros was considered by many to be a bargain
- The Frenchman is already showing his value after a brand header to level
- Nice took the lead after Amine Gouiri scored from the penalty spot in the second half
- Giroud scored 39 goals for Chelsea and won the Champions League in May
- Milan is in the European elite competition for the first time since the 2013-14 season
Olivier Giroud’s €2million move to AC Milan was considered a bargain by many and the former Chelsea striker is already showing his former employees what they are missing after scoring four minutes after his debut.
The Frenchman joined the Rossoneri two weeks ago, scoring 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues after moving from Arsenal to Arsenal in January 2018.
Stefano Pioli’s men lined up for an exhibition game at the Allianz Riviera against Nice on Saturday as they work towards their Serie A opener on August 23.
Substitute Olivier Giroud came out of the starting blocks four minutes after his debut with his first touch
Giroud played the last half hour when AC Milan drew 1-1 with Nice in the Allianz Riviera
Their French hosts took the lead in 58 minutes after Dan Ndoye was clipped in the penalty area by Rade Krunic, while Amine Gouiri drove his penalty through the middle just past Ciprian Tatarusanu’s dive.
However, after coming up for Rafael Leao just after the hour, he jumped over his marker to head home Samu Castillejo’s inviting free kick with his first ball after Krunic fouled, ironically by Ndoye.
That was how the game remained as Milan stepped up its league preparations over the next week against LaLiga opposition in Valencia and Real Madrid.
The Frenchman left Chelsea last month and ended his stint with Champions League glory
August 14 then sees Pioli’s side Panathinaikos in Trieste before kicking off their domestic campaign in Sampdoria.
Milan have qualified for the Champions League group stage after finishing second behind city rivals Inter last season.