Former Chelsea star Ruben Loftus Cheek nets hat-trick for AC Milan

August 12th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick and Olivier Giroud converted a penalty as Milan beat Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel 4-0 in a pre-season friendly.

The game was played at the Milanello training ground behind closed doors this evening.

Players left out between injury and transfer interest included Divock Origi, Mattia Caldara, Alexis Saelemaekers, Charles De Ketelaere, Fode Ballo-Toure, Marko Lazetic and Ismael Bennacer.

Former Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek took centre-stage from the start, opening the scoring by volleying in the Cristian Pulisic cross.

The English player then came sliding in to meet the Rafael Leao cross before another volley at the back post on one more Pulisic assist.

Straight after the restart, Giroud converted a penalty that was awarded for a handling offence.

There was a slightly odd moment, considering there were no fans present, as a group of teenagers with the Tunisian staff ran onto the pitch to hug the Milan players.

Milan begin the Serie A season on Monday August 21 against Bologna.

There were no substitutions, so the starting XI played the full 90 minutes.

Milan: Maignan; Kalulu, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Reijnders; Pulisic, Giroud, Leao

Photo Credit: acmilan/ x twitter

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