Olivier Giroud taking the brave decision to take the gloves from compatriot Mike Maignan after the latter was sent off in AC Milan‘s narrow win against Genoa on Serie A Matchday 8 had the whole of Italian football talking, and the no.9’s big stoppage-time save to preserve a clean sheet didn’t go unnoticed.

Having come off the bench midway through the second half with AC Milan in need of a goal to break through a stubborn Grifone defence, Giroud was helping to lead the line with USMNT duo Yunus Musah and Christian Pulisic combined for the only goal of the game late on. But there were twists to come, and Maignan was sent off moments later with Milan having used up all of their substitutions. With his side needing a solution, Giroud volunteered to step in and see the game out as goalkeeper.

Faced with a free-kick, Giroud got his wall in place and survived a first scare, but Milan fans would have had their hearts in their mouths deep into stoppage time when George Puscas bore down on goal. Giroud, though, while very much looking like an outfield player playing in goal, rushed out and denied him before claiming the loose ball and gripping it tightly to his chest.

AC Milan sell Giroud goalkeeper shirts, add Frenchman to list of goalkeepers

In a press release issued on Sunday, the day after the game at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, AC Milan revealed that they had added Giroud to their list of first-team goalkeepers, alongside Maignan, Marco Sportiello, Antonio Mirante, and Lapo Nava on the official club website. As well, that explained that they had added the option of ‘Giroud 9’ to be printed on goalkeeper shirts.

“Last [Saturday] night Olivier Giroud became part of Milan history by courageously defending the AC Milan goal in the final minutes of the Rossoneri’s match against Genoa,” AC Milan wrote in the communication.

“The club has decided to honour his performance in its last line of defence by putting him in the list of goalkeepers. Additionally, fans can now purchase the goalkeeper jersey and customize it with ‘Giroud 9’ at AC Milan retail outlets and on the official website.”

By Monday, though, the green goalkeeper shirt was sold out on the club’s official online store.