Both teams approached Sunday’s match tired with injuries. AC Milan had to deal with it in no other way. Simon Care, Theo Hernandez, David Calabria and Andre Repicia. The Naples squad does not have players like Lorenzo Inzain, Victor Ozimhen, Galito Gulipali and Fabian Ruiz. Trice Mertens sat on the bench.
The staff problems at SSC Napoli’s game had a huge impact, taking only one point in the last three league games and approaching the clash with runners-up after two defeats in the presence of their own spectators. Milan, on the other hand, – after two defeats – are back on track, although only a draw saved in the final match and in the final seconds of the match against Udinese could bother Rosoneri fans.
Importantly, Piotr Zieliński, who recently suffered from poor health, played for the guests from the first minute. Pole, in addition, led his team as a captain. After joining the club near Mount Vesuvius, it was the first such stage of a Serie A match.
The crowd got off to a great start for the audience. Already in the 5th minute, on a corner kick, Pyotr Jilinsky crossed a superb cross, and Elif Elmas flew into the air, leading Napoli into the lead with a strong head shot.
Milan were looking for the answer and Sladon Ibrahimovic was close to equalizing. In the 17th minute, Sweden caught a cross, but after hitting his head, the ball slightly missed the post.
After a dozen or more minutes, it felt threatening again under the penalty area of the audience. Alessandro Florence made a powerful shot from a distance. Napoli blocked the goalkeeper, but fortunately the ball missed his target.
The hosts tried until the end of the first half, they were looking for opportunities for balance, but Napoli did a great job in defense and did not allow much of their rivals. The best proof of this is that the Milan players did not even get an accurate shot during the break.
This changed at the beginning of the second edition. In the 49th minute, Ibrahimovic tried to beat Ospina, but the latter showed a fantastic reflex and sent the ball into a corner kick.
Junior Messi finally lost in the 68th minute when he sweeped the Assyri defenders in front of the penalty area, but missed the goal saved by the football Ospina after his shot.
Piotr Zieliński finished his performance against runners-up in Italy in the 77th minute, a moment later being sent to the Tries Mertens fight.
The hosts were desperately looking for a balance, and in the 90th minute Giuseppe Meesa went into the woods when Frank Kessie hit Napoli’s net. However, the celebration of the players from the capital of Lombardy did not last long. Shortly afterwards, the referee noticed Olivier Giroud lying on the field, but tried to block the ball. However, this is a very controversial and, above all, unusual situation. This will be the subject of a long and lively debate on the Apennine Peninsula, especially between two teams directly involved in the fight for Scudetto.
AC Milan – SSC Napoli 0: 1 (0: 1)
Goal: Elif Elmas (5th)
Yellow Cards: De Lorenzo, Malcolm (Naples)
AC Milan: Mike Miknan – Alessandro Florence (86th Pierre Kalou), Ficayo Domori, Alessio Romagnoli, Fot Pallo Tour – Frank Guessi, Sandro Donali (78th Ismail Benazer) – Jr. Messi (78th Samo) Saelemaekers) – Zlatan Ibrahimovi.
SSC Napoli: David Ospina – Kevin Malcolm, Amir Rahmani, Juan Jesus, Giovanni de Lorenzo – Andre Frank Anguisa, Diego Demme (54. Stanislav Lobotka) – Hirving Lozano (77. Matteo Politano), Piot (77) , 86. Faouzi Ghoulam) – Andrea Petagna (78. Dries Mertens).
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