Powerful blow by the leader of Naples against the champion Milan

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Napoli delivered a blow of authority in this unexpected Serie A and consolidated their leadership with a victory at San Siro that ended the undefeated condition of the champion Milan (1-2). A pulse at the top of the table confirming Luciano Spalletti’s renewed project.

For now, Atalanta, the co-leader on goal difference, are holding off Napoli on a Sunday that is very favorable to their interests as the other good candidates for the title have disappeared (Inter, Juventus and Roma).

Milan, who missed the unbalanced ability of the suspended Rafael Leao, came out pressing and had several chances to get on the scoreboard through Olivier Giroud.

Giroud, on the crossbar

Rade Krunic, starting in place of Leao, was the best in this first period and in the 12th minute he put a good pass to Giroud who was alone with him but his shot to break was deflected by the goalkeeper which was Alex Meret so it fell off the goal. stringer (12′).

Giroud unleashed two more shots that failed to find the goal and Krunic, just before half-time, forced Meret into another save with his header after taking a corner.

Despite these two threats, Napoli had no trouble controlling Milan’s dominance in a balanced game played at a slow pace that benefited from the defensive work of the ‘azzurri’.

Dest comes in and takes a penalty

After the break, Luciano Spalletti’s team pushed forward and improved in attack. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia tackled Sergiño Dest, who had just been brought in by Stefano Pioli, and the full-back on loan from Barça knocked him in from behind.

Referee Maurizio Mariani did not initially award a penalty but, after consulting VAR, he pointed it out. Matteo Politano shot it wrong, down the middle, but the ball went under the body of Mike Maignan (54′).

Pioli brought on Brahim Díaz and Junior Messias looking for a reaction and it came (66′). As soon as he came on, the Brazilian first connected a good ball from Charles De Ketelaere which was almost unnoticed now, but Meret reacted well (67′).

French connection at 1-1

This occasion spurred on Milan, who equalized in a perfectly detailed play. Brahim Díaz started it towards De Ketelaere, the latter deep towards Theo Hernández, who burst like a puff on the left to the by-line and his back pass was pushed into the net by Giroud (69′).

Milan seemed to overcome the bad moment and Napoli had doubts, but the opportunism of the newcomer Gio Simeone was provincial when he appeared on a cross from Mario Rui to connect a header to the base of the post (78′) .

Kalulu is at 2-2

Milan refused to throw in the towel in this match for the lead and Pierre Kalulu squandered a good chance to equalize by finishing, only against Meret, a ball sent by the tireless Theo Hernández left the central defender after Giroud fails at the crossbar. shot (85′).

Napoli withstood a final push from the ‘rossoneri’ and continued their excellent start to the season: unbeaten leaders in both Serie A and the Champions League.

Milan

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Naples

Milan: Magnan; Calabria (Kalulu, 46′), Kjaer (Dest, 46′), Tomori, Theo Hernández; Bennacer, Tonali; Saelemaekers (Junior Messias, 66′), De Ketelaere (Adli, 82′), Krunic (Brahim Díaz, 66′); Giroud
Naples: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim Min-Jae, Mario Rui (Olivera, 91′); Lobotka, Zambo Anguissa, Zielinski (Elmas, 87′); Politano (Gio Simeone, 66′), Raspadori (Zerbin, 66′) and Kvaratskhelia (Ndombélé, 87′)
Goals: 0-1 Politano (pen.) (55′), 1-1 Giroud (69′), 1-2 Gio Simeone (78′) Referee: Maurizio Mariani. Yellow cards for Kjaer (18′), Calabria (45′), Krunic (53′), Rrahmani (62′), Gio Simeone (70′), Tomori (74′), Zerbin (87′)
Spectators: 70,000 at San Siro

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Source: La Verdad

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