Giroud hits the acrobatic winner but then sees red

Giroud scored a late goal before receiving a red card moments later for his celebrations.

The victory lifted Milan to second place in Serie A, six points behind Napoli, who beat Atalanta earlier in the day.

Theo Hernandez put the Rossoneri on course for back-to-back victories after beating Salzburg to reach the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League midweek with the opening goal in the 21st minute.

Maldini on loan, son of Milan legend Paolo, surprised the Serie A champions in the second half by scoring Spezia’s first away goal of the season to equalize.

However, there was late drama at San Siro as Giroud came off the bench to hit a pass by Sandro Tonali in the 89th minute, before receiving a second yellow card for taking off his shirt in celebration.

The 36-year-old was frustrated that his earlier warning, six minutes before his red card, had slipped his mind after his clinical submission in the closing stages.

“It was certainly a very beautiful goal, which came thanks to the assistance of Tonali,” Giroud told Sky Sport.

“We wanted to win this game, the important thing is to have three more points in the standings, but I’m angry because I forgot the first yellow card.”

Asked if he wasn’t thinking clearly due to the ecstasy of scoring the winning goal, he replied: “Yes, football is like that.

“The adrenaline and the happiness of having given the victory to the team after a difficult match affected me.

“In my head I’m still a child, but I have a lot of faith in the team and also on Tuesday [against Cremonese] we’ll fight for the three points.”

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