Cristian Pulisic’s impressive start at AC Milan continued as he found the net once again in their 4-1 victory over Torino on Saturday. Meanwhile, Roma suffered a setback with a 2-1 defeat against Verona.
Pulisic, who had scored in the previous game since his transfer from Chelsea, opened the scoring for Milan in the 33rd minute. His goal came after a brilliant interchange of passes with former teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Peer Schuurs responded swiftly with a lightning-fast equalizer for Torino.
Olivier Giroud regained the lead for Milan with a penalty, capitalizing on a handball incident by Alessandro Buongiorno that was confirmed by a VAR review. Theo Hernandez extended Milan’s advantage just before halftime with a close-range finish, assisted by Rafael Leao’s excellent teamwork.
As the match progressed, Giroud added his third goal of the season, securing a three-goal lead for Milan in the second half. The game marked a convincing performance by Milan, dominating the contest against Torino, whose coach Ivan Juric expressed frustration with the VAR decisions.
In a surprising turn of events, Verona managed to maintain their perfect record alongside Milan with a 2-1 victory over Roma. Ondrej Duda and Cyril Ngonge found the net in the first half, putting Verona on level points with the table-toppers. Roma, currently awaiting the potential loan arrival of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, struggled defensively and conceded two avoidable goals.
Roma attempted a comeback when Houssem Aouar scored in the 56th minute. Despite their efforts, they couldn’t capitalize further, even when Isak Hien was shown a red card late in the game for a challenge on Andrea Belotti. The absence of their suspended coach, Jose Mourinho, seemed to affect Roma’s overall performance.
Roma hit the woodwork twice, with Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini coming close to scoring, especially after Hien’s dismissal. However, Roma’s dominance on the field didn’t translate into clear-cut scoring opportunities, leaving them unable to secure a comeback against Verona’s resolute defense.