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Champions League: Giroud and Maignan's bad night in Milan


Highlights: AC Milan lost 1-3 to Borussia Dortmund in Champions League on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud missed a penalty and Mike Maignan was guilty of a handball. The Frenchmen have not escaped criticism from the Italian press. Milan are bottom of Group F, two points behind PSG (2nd) but level on points with Newcastle (3rd) The Rossoneri will travel to Newcastle in two weeks' time for the outcome of the group stage. The reaction of pride from Giroud, injured but probably not sunk, will be eagerly awaited.

Olivier Giroud, who missed a penalty, and Mike Maignan, guilty of a handball foul, precipitated AC Milan's 1-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

A match to forget. Far from the euphoria of November 7, the night of AC Milan's 2-1 win over PSG, Olivier Giroud and Mike Maignan lived a nightmare at the San Siro on Tuesday. Facing Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 5 of the Champions League, the two Frenchmen and their Rossoneri teammates lost heavily by a score of 1-3. They are bottom of Group F, two points behind PSG (2nd) but level on points with Newcastle (3rd) where they will travel in two weeks' time for the outcome of the group stage. While qualification for the round of <> remains possible, the defeat against BVB, who have now qualified, could be costly. Giroud and Maignan, leaders at both ends of the pitch, have failed and have not escaped criticism from the Italian press this morning.

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Giroud 'failed', Maignan at fault

In C1, the details often make the difference. And every opportunity must be seized. In the 6th minute, the French striker opened the scoring with his left foot from the penalty spot. But Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel saved his attempt too timidly. It was a turning point for AC Milan, who found themselves trailing five minutes later after Marco Reus' goal, which was effective in the same penalty spot. "Big mistakes and lack of confidence: Giroud's bad night," headlined the Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday, severe with the top scorer in the history of the France team (56 goals). "The negative protagonist of the evening was Olivier Giroud, the man of the big matches, who rather missed himself against the yellow and blacks."

Ineffective like his team, who had 17 shots on goal, the former Arsenal player received a rating of 4.5/10 by Sky Sport, which named him the "worst" player of the game. "He failed. The mistake affected him strongly for the rest of the game," Corriere dello Sport noted. Prolific in Serie A (7 goals and 3 assists in 11 games) and decisive against PSG, Giroud missed his appointment. The 37-year-old Milan veteran shares the criticism of the Italian newspapers with his compatriot Mike Maignan, who was guilty of a handball on the third German goal scored by Karim Adeyemi.

Pioli takes responsibility for 'very negative evening'

The French goalkeeper, also classified as a "flop", is going through a difficult period like the entire Milan collective. "It was a very negative night. Once they were in the lead, they did what they wanted," AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli said after the defeat to Dortmund. We created a lot but we didn't take advantage of the opportunities when we could have taken the lead, and then we struggled against a team that is ruthless at the restart, when the level has risen (...) It's a shame because we could have scored a few more goals."

With just five points from the last five league games, the Rossoneri find themselves on the brink of crisis and risk elimination from all European competition. To avoid this failure, they will have to pull out all the stops in Newcastle on 13 December. The reaction of pride from Giroud and Maignan, injured but probably not sunk, will be eagerly awaited.

Source: lefigaro

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