Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the complete replay and highlights of the AC Milan vs Monza match. This electrifying showdown is part of the Italy Serie A 2023/2024 season, specifically Matchday 16. The action kicks off at 11:30 GMT on Sunday, December 17, 2023. The referee for this intense battle is Gianluca Aureliano from Italy, and the venue is none other than the iconic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano. Get ready to witness a clash of titans in this highly anticipated match!
AC Milan vs Monza Full Match Reports
AC Milan, led by Stefano Pioli, showcased their dominance at San Siro, securing their sixth win out of eight league matches this season with a resounding 3-0 triumph over Monza. The victory not only kept their faint Scudetto hopes alive but also widened the gap between them and other contenders for UEFA Champions League qualification.
Following a midweek victory in Newcastle that secured European football in the new year, Pioli’s squad aimed to gather three crucial points to strengthen their bid for continental qualification in the upcoming season. The game, punctuated by two goals at opposite ends of the half, saw Milan make a perfect beginning. Tijjani Reijnders opened the scoring after just three minutes, skillfully navigating through the Monza defense, concluding his dancing run by slotting the ball beneath the onrushing Michele Di Gregorio in the visitors’ goal.
Although Monza initially responded with threats from Roberto Gagliardini and Andrea Colpani, the home side seized the game’s pivotal second goal. The brilliant Rafael Leão’s explosive run down the right flank left the Monza defense trailing, and the Portuguese international provided an easy opportunity for debutant defender Jan-Carlo Simić to tap in his first Serie A goal.
With the game virtually secured in the first half, Milan’s objective in the second period was to secure the three points without complications. This mission was accomplished midway through the half when Noah Okafor, with a goal-of-the-season contender, sealed the win. Reijnders initiated the play with a delicately chipped pass to Olivier Giroud, who, with his back to goal, cushioned the ball for Okafor to slide home.
While Monza left San Siro empty-handed, experiencing only their second defeat in six away matches, their mid-table position suggests they should comfortably maintain their top-flight status for another season. Milan, on the other hand, is on an upward trajectory, with the gap to second-placed Juventus now reduced to just five points after the Old Lady’s 1-1 draw with Genoa earlier in the week.
Man of the Match: Michele Di Gregorio (Monza).