Pulisic Shines as Milan Wins 4-1; Verona Upsets Roma
AC Milan's Christian Pulisic made a significant impact as he scored to lead Stefano Pioli's team to a convincing 4-1 victory over Torino in their first home game of the Serie A season. The victory was further highlighted by two penalty goals from Olivier Giroud and a close-range lob from Theo Hernandez. Milan's successful start to the season continued after their previous 2-0 win against Bologna.
Stefano Pioli expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, attributing it to their consistent hard work. He praised the team's progress over the years, emphasizing the positive influence of top-level reinforcements on the squad's attitude and availability.
Pulisic, the U.S. international who joined Milan from Chelsea, showcased his potential to become a beloved figure at San Siro. He secured his second goal in as many games by netting in the 33rd minute, delighting the capacity crowd.
Despite Torino briefly equalizing through Perr Schuurs' first-time effort, it was their only shot on target throughout the match. Giroud then restored Milan's lead just before halftime with a calmly taken penalty, followed by Hernandez's skillful chip over the goalkeeper to make it 3-1 in first-half stoppage time. Giroud sealed the victory with his second penalty goal of the match in the second half, after Schuurs fouled Rafael Leao.
Torino struggled to generate any meaningful attacking opportunities, while Milan continued to dominate possession and press for more goals.
In another match, Hellas Verona secured a 2-1 victory against AS Roma. Verona quickly took the lead through Ondrej Duda's close-range goal, set up by Rui Patricio's save from Filippo Terracciano's long-range shot. Cyril Ngonge extended Verona's lead with a solo effort, leaving Roma's defense trailing. Although Houssem Aouar managed to pull one back for Roma, they couldn't salvage a draw even as Verona played the closing stages with 10 men due to Isak Hien's red card.
Verona, who secured their Serie A status through a relegation playoff, started the season well with two consecutive wins. Marco Baroni, Verona's new manager, highlighted the team's growing mentality and strong identity.
On the other hand, Roma, led by Jose Mourinho, faced disappointment with only one point after being held to a draw by Salernitana. Mourinho's touchline ban added to their challenges, but they remain determined to improve their performance in the upcoming matches.