Cagliari 1-3 AC Milan: Loftus-Cheek Scores Stunning Goal as Rossoneri Secure Impressive Victory
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Cagliari 1-3 AC Milan: Loftus-Cheek Scores Stunning Goal as Rossoneri Secure Impressive Victory

Ruben Loftus-Cheek marked his AC Milan debut in splendid fashion with a sensational goal as Stefano Pioli’s team comfortably defeated Cagliari 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon, securing their second consecutive victory. Although the home side initially took the lead with a goal from Zito Luvumbo, Noah Okafor and Fikayo Tomori swiftly reversed the tide just before halftime. In the second half, Loftus-Cheek sealed the win with a remarkable strike.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori were on target as AC Milan moved level on points with neighbours Inter at the Serie A summit following a fine 3-1 comeback success at winless Cagliari.
The England internationals struck either side of the break as Stefano Pioli’s side made it five wins from six league outings to completely banish the memory of their recent derby humbling.
The Rossoneri controlled the majority of the contest in Sardinia but fell behind just shy of the half hour when Zito Luvumbo thundered home a rising strike from the right side of the area.

Milan continued to press and turned the tide with a double blast inside six minutes at the very end of the half.
First, Noah Okafor snared his first goal for the club when he gobbled up a rebound after Boris Radunovic could only parry Christian Pulisic’s cross back into the danger zone.
Tomori then bundled in from close range after the Cagliari stopper made another meal of dealing with Tijani Reijnders’ cross. It was Tomori’s first goal for the club in 354 days.

The Chelsea connection continued following the restart as Loftus-Cheek made sure of the points on the hour mark with a rasping 25-yard strike that opened his Milan account in style.
The result sees Milan move level on points with leaders Inter, who can pull clear again if they avoid defeat against Sassuolo later on Wednesday evening.

Cagliari 1-3 AC Milan: Loftus-Cheek Scores Stunning Goal as Rossoneri Secure Impressive Victory


Milan will now switch focus to a tasty clash with Lazio on Saturday.
Rock-bottom Cagliari visit Fiorentina on Monday still searching for that elusive first win back in the top-flight.
TALKING POINT
Milan make critics eat their words for the time-being. Pioli and Co have weathered some stinging criticism since their 5-1 reversal against Inter on September 16.
They have responded with back-to-back Serie A victories and a 0-0 draw with Newcastle in the Champions League, chalking up two clean sheets from three outings.
For some it’s still far from vintage with legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi amongst those still not overly impressed. However, the derby demolition is looking more and more like a blip in an otherwise solid start to the campaign and this win in Cagliari showed they have strength in the squad to get a result when some key players are given a rest as a result of the relentless fixture demands home and abroad.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Christian Pulisic, now with AC Milan after his time at Chelsea, has made an impressive transition to Serie A, showcasing his skills in this match. His dynamic runs posed a constant threat to the Cagliari defense, and he played a significant role in two of the three goals scored in the contest.

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