AC Milan vs Napoli
Napoli, who are on top of Italian football, travelled to Milan in hopes of continuing their unbeaten campaign. The hosts, however, were hopeful of extending their own little undefeated run of games.
The first half with little to no surprise ended goalless, with both teams settling in. The second half witnessed plenty of goals, three to be exact.
It was Politano’s penalty that started things off. Giroud kept the crowd going, with an equaliser in the 69th minute. It was the man in form, Simeone, that stole the winner, in the 78th minute.
AC Milan vs Napoli: Match report
Full time score: AC MILAN 1-2 NAPOLI
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria (46′ Dest), Kjær (46′ Kalulu), Tomori, Hernández; Bennacer, Tonali; Saelemaekers (66′ Messias), De Ketelaere (82′ Adli), Krunić (66′ Díaz); Giroud. Subs.: Mirante, Tătărușanu; Ballo-Touré, Gabbia, Thiaw; Bakayoko, Pobega, Vranckx; Lazetić. Coach: Pioli.
NAPOLI (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Kim, Mário Rui (91′ Olivera); Anguissa, Lobotka, Zieliński (87′ Elmas); Politano (66′ Zerbin), Raspadori (66′ Simeone), Kvaratskhelia (87′ Ndombele). Subs.: Marfella, Sirigu; Juan Jesus, Østigård, Zanoli; Gaetano; Lozano. Coach: Spalletti (suspended, Domenichini in the dug out).
Referee: Mariani from Aprilia.
Goals: 55′ pen. Politano (N), 69′ Giroud (M), 78′ Simeone (N),
Booked: 18′ Kjær (M), 45′ Calabria (M), 53′ Krunić (M), 63′ Rrahmani (N), 70′ Simeone (N), 74′ Tomori (M), 88′ Zerbin (N).
Luciano Spalletti : “We and the club were convinced that we had created a group that had potential, we need to think about the long term but already now we are having important results. At the moment we are very satisfied but in football we must always look forward because every result could change the situation.”
Stefano Pioli: “I’m not satisfied and neither should my players be. If you play like that, you can’t lose. We only scored one goal, too little for what we created. There is disappointment, we shouldn’t have lost. But that’s the way it is, we will also learn from this evening. The performance was there from all points of view.”
“We lost because on two occasions we didn’t put that quality. And determination we needed. We played better than Napoli. We were unbeaten, it’s a shame to lose them after such a performance.”