OLIVIER GIROUD got off to a flyer in his stunning AC Milan debut nabbing a brace during the Italian giants’ drubbing of Cagliari.
The ex-Chelsea frontman and Rossoneri team-mates smashed four goals against their Sardinian opponents to register their second win of the season.
Olivier Giroud netted twice during his first top-flight appearance for AC MilanCredit: Alamy
And the 4-1 result was a dream one for the France striker, who sealed a permanent switch to the Italian giants after nine trophy-winning years at Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Serie A ace, 34, who won three FA Cups with the Gunners and a Champions League medal with the Blues, netted 90 goals during his career in the Prem.
Milan’s efforts were watched by around 40,000 of the club’s fans at the San Siro on Sunday with Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz also on target for Milan
Giroud opened his account with a finely struck top far corner striker in the 24th minute after Tonali’s beautifully curled free-kick in the 12th minute and a deflected goal off Diaz.
The visitors briefly levelled proceedings a quarter of the way through the first-half prior to Milan’s second goal and the Frenchman’s first following a Diaz assist.
France’s second-highest international scorer was on target again minutes before the half-time whistle burying a penalty after Kevin Strootman was judged to have handled the ball in the box.
Stefano Pioli’s side seemed content to take a more relaxed approach in the second spell and hit their rivals on the counter.
And Giroud came close to nabbing a hat-trick with Diego Godin denying the France ace with a crucial interception.
The win for Milan saw them move to third behind Roma who sealed a thumping 4-0 away win against Salernitana
And ex-Chelsea winger Tammy Abraham was on target for the Rome side following his August move to the club from Stamford Bridge.
Like Giroud, the former Blues forward is enjoying a fine start to his Serie A career providing two assists and a goal from his first two games for Jose Mourinho’s side.
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