Daniel Maldini’s goal helped AC Milan beat Spezia 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.© AFP
AC Milan topped A League on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Spezia in which Daniel maldini followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by scoring his first goal for the club during his full Serie A debut. Stefano Pioli’s team is one point ahead of Napoli and three ahead of city rivals Inter Milan, who could secure first place with Atalanta at the San Siro later on Saturday thanks to the win over the match against Spezia, thanks to the closure of Brahim Diaz series strike with four minutes left. More than twelve years since his father and club legend Paolo last played European champions for the seven times, Maldini junior has taken the lead at Milan two minutes after half-time.
Former Italy defender Paolo, who has won almost every honor in the game during his 25 years as a player in Milan and is now the club’s technical director, celebrated it on the pitch while his son was surrounded by teammates to the powerful header of Pierre Kalulu’s crossing.
His debut in the fairy tale looks like it was spoiled when Daniele Verde’s shot picked up a bad departure from Sandro Tonali and left Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan without a chance.
However, Diaz was decisive again after scoring the crucial first goal against Venezia in the middle of the week, collecting Alexis Saelemaekers’ withdrawal and chasing the winner home.
The 19-year-old Maldini’s grandfather Cesare Maldini, also a defender, won four league titles and the 1963 European Cup for the Rossoneri and scored three times for the club.
Paolo Maldini has played more than 900 times for Milan, scoring 33 times and winning seven league titles and five European Cups / Champions.
Daniel made his senior debut in Milan as a late substitute in a 1-1 draw with Verona in February last year, and has since played in a bunch of games off the bench.
He made his Milan debut in their Europa League qualifier against Rio Ave next October and has appeared as a substitute three times this season, including seven minutes at the end of a 3-2 defeat at Liverpool earlier this month.
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