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Paolo Maldini's 17-year-old son makes Milan debut in defeat to Bayern

The attacking midfielder started for the Rossoneri, but Leon Goretzka’s goal handed victory to the Bundesliga champions.

Daniel Maldini taking on David Alaba last night.
Daniel Maldini taking on David Alaba last night.
Image: Nick Tre. Smith

THE MALDINI LEGACY at Milan continues. 

Kansas City hosted an International Champions Cup game between the famous Serie A side and Bayern Munich last night, with Leon Goretzka scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Marco Giampaolo’s first game in charge of the Rossoneri resulted in defeat, but it was an unforgettable occasion for 17-year-old Daniel Maldini, son of Italian legend Paolo and grandson of ex-Milan and Italy manager Cesare. 

The attacking midfielder made his first team debut along recent signing Theo Hernandez, who joined from Real Madrid for €20m this summer. 

Giampaolo arrived from Serie A rivals Sampdoria after Gennaro Gattuso stepped down as head coach of Milan at the end of the 2018-19 season, but Goretzka’s well-taken 48th-minute goal guided Bayern to their second ICC victory here.

Niko Kovac’s Bayern controlled proceedings in Kansas City, where clear-cut chances were few and far between in a tight opening 45 minutes. Maldini’s side-footed effort sailed just over the crossbar, while Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches fired a powerful strike just past the post.

Hernandez’s bow ended prior to half-time as the French full-back was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

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firo: 23.07.2019 Fuvuball, Football: 1. Bundesliga, Audi Summer Tour USA AC Milan, Test match, Test, Friendly Match versus FC Bayern Munich, Audi Summer Tour USA 2019, International Champions Cup Leon Goretzka scores the winner. Source: DPA/PA Images

Bayern managed to break the deadlock right on the stroke of half-time when Joshua Kimmich played a perfectly weighed pass to Goretzka, who took a touch before tucking the ball beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 48th minute.

Patrick Cutrone – who has been linked to Premier League side Wolves – should have equalised for Milan after cutting out Niklas Sule’s pass across goal but the second-half substitute was denied by Sven Ulreich in a one-on-one situation with 26 minutes remaining.

Bayern found the back of the net nine minutes from the end but Jann-Fiete Arp’s goal was ruled out for what appeared to be a handball, while David Alaba had an effort cancelled out for offside.

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