WATCH: Olivier Giroud scores sensational late winner for AC Milan – then gets sent off

AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud celebrates by removing his shirt after scoring his team's winning goal in the Serie A match between AC Milan and Spezia on 5 November, 2022 at the San Siro, Milan, Italy
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AC Milan (opens in new tab)'s 2-1 victory over Spezia on Saturday ended in dramatic fashion as Olivier Giroud popped up with an acrobatic 89th-minute winner – then saw red for taking his shirt off in celebration.

Giroud's impressive left-footed finish was a strike worthy of removing his shirt (and flexing his muscles in front of the Rossoneri fans), but there was one slight issue: he'd already been booked – just six minutes earlier. Out came the second yellow card.

Watch the crazy finale at the San Siro from 2:33 below...

It was the seventh red card of the 36-year-old's career; he was last dismissed six years ago, while playing for Arsenal (opens in new tab) against PSG (opens in new tab) in the Champions League.

Giroud is Milan's top scorer with nine goals in all competitions this season, although Stefano Pioli's side – who stayed second in Serie A with this latest triumph – ought to back themselves to beat second-bottom Cremonese without him on Tuesday.

The France (opens in new tab) international – who's three goals away from becoming his country's all-time leading marksman– might well also be grateful for an enforced breather with the World Cup only two weeks away.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...