AC Milan endured a miserable defeat to Fiorentina at San Siro on Sunday evening in Serie A, but the game ended on a high when young striker Rafael Leão scored his first goal for the Rossoneri.

The Portuguese forward registered a late consolation in a 3-1 defeat, but the nature of the strike represents a huge boost for the 20-year-old who joined the club from Lille in the summer.

Fiorentina ran Milan ragged on the night, with veteran Frenchman Frank Ribery at the heart of a convincing performance from the visitors. Erick Pulgar’s penalty was followed by second half strikes from Gaetano Catrovilli and 36-year-old Ribery, while Milan’s evening was compounded by a red card issued to Mateo Musacchio.

However, for Leão the night brought his first big moment in a Milan shirt ten minutes from time. The former Sporting striker evaded three Fiorentina defenders on a mazy run before coolly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski to open his account for the season.

The defeat leaves Milan in 16th place, with coach Marco Giampaolo reportedly clinging to his job after becoming the first coach in 30 years to lose four of his first six games in charge at the club.

By Sean Gillen

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Rafael Leão, in terms of potential, is by far the most talented striker Portugal has produced in quite some time. Gonçalo Paciência and more recently André Silva have been in good form, but neither of those players offer all that much when they...

Rafael Leão, in terms of potential, is by far the most talented striker Portugal has produced in quite some time. Gonçalo Paciência and more recently André Silva have been in good form, but neither of those players offer all that much when they aren't putting the ball in the back of the net.

Leão on the other hand may be a bit unpolished in certain areas of his game, but unlike our other CF options, he doesn't have to score goals to make an impact. His hold up play, off the ball movment, pace, power, and ability to beat players in the dribble make him an absolute handful to defend against.

If he continues to play consistently for Milan, it will only be a matter of time before he becomes fixture on Fernando Santos' convocados list.

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The best Portuguese young star currently , yes better than Felix.

Proof that sportings academy remains the best

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Dang! That was sweet.

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Pace, power, physique, technical...both a 9 and 7 in terms of positions...brilliant future..he is a beast physically but has two really good feet and can dribble with the best of yhem at 20 years old......if...he starts playing more consistently...

Pace, power, physique, technical...both a 9 and 7 in terms of positions...brilliant future..he is a beast physically but has two really good feet and can dribble with the best of yhem at 20 years old......if...he starts playing more consistently in terms of the 90 minutes...he tends to fade or rather look sluggish for periods which makes him look lazy at times when its not the case..a few balls played to back post where he didnt make the run behind piatek made him look disinterested versus him not seeing it....if he increases his enthusiams and learns to be more goal hungry...he will be a star....however...he reminds me of Ronaldo at 20....tricks, beating players, magic but little production consistently...until he started focusing on getting in the box more often.....


Santos has no player other than ronaldo with this kids ability.... i wonder how he would do combining with ronaldo...I DONT think he will get the call up this week but i do agree that with consistent playing time and decent production he could get in as the wildcard player for euro2020....

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our benches keep getting deeper and deeper...

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