Italian champions AC Milan turned an early one-goal deficit into a 4-2 win over Udinese at the San Siro on Saturday, securing a winning start to the campaign in an electrifying Serie opener HAS.
Two goals from Croatian international Ante Rebic and strikes from Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz helped the Rossoneri recover from their first clash after Udinese defender Rodrigo Becao put the visitors ahead after 90 seconds of play. Game.
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The Brazilian defender, who nodded in a corner from a tight angle, scored just the fifth time in Serie A at the start of his third season in Italy. Three of his goals came against Milan and all three were from a header.
Milan equalized in the 11th minute through a Theo Hernandez penalty, after the referee pointed the spot after a VAR review when captain Davide Calabria was fouled by Udinese defender Brandon Soppy.
Four minutes later, Rebic made it 2-1 with a powerful first shot, but Udinese defender Adam Masina’s diving header stunned the home crowd as the visitors equalized just before half-time.
A minute into the second half, midfielder Brahim Diaz once again put Milan ahead after a fatal mistake by the Udinese defence.
Diaz fired the ball from close range after Hernandez sent a cross into the box and it bounced off Masina.
The goal ignited Udinese but Rebic smashed another shot past goalkeeper Marco Silvestri into the top left corner in the 68th minute to restore the hosts’ two-goal lead.
Udinese, who finished 12th last season, were the last team to score against Milan at the San Siro before the champions went on a five-game clean sheet at home to clinch the title.
Udinese host Salernitana next Saturday and Milan travel to Atalanta on Sunday.