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Olivier Giroud scored his first two goals for AC Milan to help his side maintain their winning start to the Serie A campaign on Sunday.

This was with a convincing 4-1 victory against Cagliari at San Siro, a contrast to last week when the Rossoneri were made to work hard for the 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

They proved far too strong for Cagliari as they put on a show for their returning supporters, scoring all four goals in the first half.

Alessandro Deiola netted Cagliari’s first goal in six league games versus AC Milan to cancel out Sandro Tonali’s opener.

But Rafael Leao’s heavily deflected strike and Giroud’s double gave the hosts breathing space at the midway point.

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AC Milan were happy to keep hold of possession from that point on as they cruised to a seventh league game without defeat, stretching into last season.

Tonali lifted the ball over the Cagliari wall and just out of back-up goalkeeper Boris Radunovic’s reach to get AC Milan up and running inside 12 minutes.

It was just his second Serie A goal.

Stefano Pioli’s side were pegged back soon after through a Deiola header after the midfielder was picked out by a smart Joao Pedro pass.

It was the first goal AC Milan had conceded in seven league matches.

But Leao restored his side’s advantage in rather fortuitous circumstances as his shot took a big touch off the back of Brahim Diaz and AC Milan’s match-winner last weekend.

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It flew past Radunovic.

Giroud’s first AC Milan goal followed seven minutes later, the Frenchman curling a first-time shot into the far-left corner when played in by Diaz.

He had a second before half-time when converting a penalty kick awarded for a Kevin Strootman handball.

AC Milan then went through the motions and did not register a single attempt on target in the second period.

Charalampos Lykogiannis however got closest to scoring for the visitors when testing Mike Maignan 10 minutes from time.

Results and standings Italian Serie A:

Friday
Udinese3Venezia
Hellas Verona1Inter Milan3
Saturday
AtalantaBologna
Lazio6Spezia1
Fiorentina2Torino1
JuventusEmpoli1
Sunday
Genoa1Napoli2
SassuoloSampdoria
AC Milan4Cagliari1
SalernitanaRoma4
PWDLFAPts
1Lazio22926
2Inter Milan22716
2Roma22716
4AC Milan22516
5Napoli22416
6Bologna211324
7Atalanta211214
8Udinese211524
9Sassuolo211324
10Fiorentina211343
11Empoli211233
12Cagliari211361
13Spezia211381
14Juventus211231
15Sampdoria21111
16Torino2224
17Hellas Verona2236
18Salernitana2227
19Genoa2216
20Venezia225

(NAN)


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