Oliver Giroud strikes early to send AC Milan top of Serie A - in pictures

Frenchman slots home in fourth minute for 1-0 win over Torino

An early Olivier Giroud strike earned AC Milan a narrow 1-0 win over Torino on Tuesday to send Stefano Pioli's side top of Serie A.

The French striker was given the nod ahead of fellow veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic to start the match at San Siro and rewarded Pioli's faith when he tapped home his fourth Serie A goal of the season in the 14th minute.

Torino's Italy striker Andrea Belotti, making his first start for the club since August having recovered from injury, had the visitors' best chance to level in the second half but missed his kick with the goal at his mercy.

Victory allowed Milan to open up a three-point gap at the top of the table over Napoli, who host Bologna on Thursday. Torino are 13th on 11 points.

"I think we played a good game," Giroud told DAZN. "Torino are a strong team, they are aggressive in the tackle.

"I am very happy because we did well from the start and Torino didn't really threaten many scoring opportunities. That means we've been very solid at the back and we take the three points, that's the most important thing.

"We play every three days, that's not easy on the body. Everything was not perfect."

Before the match, coach Pioli had warned his side that they needed to start winning ugly if they were to make the next step and win the Scudetto this season.

And win ugly they did as, after Giroud's goal from Rade Krunic's flick, they did not create another meaningful chance.

That mattered little, however, as Milan have now won nine of the first 10 Serie A matches of a season for the first time since the 1954/55 campaign.

Updated: October 27th 2021, 5:37 AM