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Milan v Napoli Live Commentary, 18/09/2022

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O. Giroud (69)
M. Politano (55 pen)
G. Simeone (78)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


That’s all for today. Goodbye!
After the international break, Milan travel to Empoli in Serie A, with Napoli hosting Torino.
Napoli move to the top of Serie A after beating Milan 2-1 at San Siro. After a goalless first half, where Meret denied Giroud with a fantastic save, it was the visitors who took the lead through a penalty from Politano. The Italian took responsibility after VAR stepped in to give a spot-kick, with Dest bringing down Kvaratskhelia. The 29-year-old drove the ball under a frustrated Maignan, who should have done better. Milan responded well, with Giroud turning in a low cross from Hernandez, but it was Spalletti's side who took home all three points. Left out of the starting side, substitute Simeone directed Rui's cross into the bottom corner to send the away dugout into raptures. The hosts did have an opportunity to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, but Kalulu rattled the bar from close range.
90' + 6' BIG CHANCE! Bennacer puts the ball into Diaz whose header deflects out for a corner.
90' + 5' Tonali puts a corner into the box but Anguissa heads it away.
90' + 5' A deep ball into the box by Tonali is cleared away by Rrahmani. He briefly went down before returning to his feet.
90' + 3' Messias brings down Lobotka who was racing up the pitch. Free-kick to Napoli with little time remaining.
90' + 2' Anguissa wastes an opportunity for Napoli, smashing the ball well over after the corner was cleared to his path.
M. Olivera
Mário Rui
90' + 1' Substitution for Napoli. Rui is replaced by Olivera.
90' + 1' There will be six minutes of additional time.
90' A low shot from Ndombele from the edge of the box deflects out for a corner.
88' Zielinski has gone off without a goal to his name. He scored four times in his first 10 matches against them but he hasn’t found the net in the following seven. Against the Rossoneri he also scored his first brace in the competition in August 2018.
T. Ndombélé
K. Kvaratskhelia
87' Substitution Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Tanguy Ndombélé Alvaro
E. Elmas
P. Zieliński
87' Substitution for Napoli. Kvaratskhelia is replaced by Elmas.
A. Zerbin
Yellow Card
87' Zerbin receives a yellow card for a challenge on Hernandez.
87' BAR! Milan smash the woodwork. On the break, Hernandez plays the ball across to Giroud, who flicks the ball into the path of Kalulu who hits the bar from close range.
85' Adli's first involvement is to drive a low bouncing shot straight at Meret from outside the box.
Y. Adli
C. De Ketelaere
81' Substitution for Milan. De Ketelaere is replaced by Adli.
Mário Rui
79' The cross from Rui is perfect. The defender spots the run of the striker, who directs the ball past Maignan who does not even attempt to save it.
G. Simeone
78' GOAALLLL! WHAT A HEADER FROM SIMEONE! 2-1 NAPOLI! Napoli take the lead for a second time. Rui whips in a deep cross from the left towards Simeone. Getting ahead of Tomori, the substitute heads the ball into the bottom corner.
75' BIG CHANCE! De Ketelaere squares the ball on the edge of the box to Giroud who curls the ball over the bar. The striker applauds the pass.
F. Tomori
Yellow Card
74' Tomori receives a yellow card for a late sliding challenge on Anguissa.
72' Milan are unbeaten in their last 22 Serie A games (W15 D7). This is their longest unbeaten streak since a run of 27 games without defeat in January 2021.
G. Simeone
Yellow Card
70' Simeone receives a yellow card for Napoli.
T. Hernández
69' Hernandez does most of the work for the goal, running into the box and setting a perfect pass for Giroud who rolls the ball into an empty net.
O. Giroud
69' GOAAALLLLL! GIROUD SCORES! 1-1! De Ketelaere finds Hernandez bursting down the left. Driving into the box, his low cross goes straight to the feet of Giroud who could not have had an easier finish from close range.
68' Messias makes an immediate impact for Milan. Receiving a pass from de Ketelaere, his low shot from inside the box is saved by Meret.
G. Simeone
G. Raspadori
66' Substitution for Napoli. Raspadori is replaced by Simeone.
Brahim Díaz
R. Krunić
66' Substitution for Milan. Krunic is replaced by Diaz.
A. Zerbin
M. Politano
66' Substitution for Napoli. Politano is replaced by Zerbin.
Junior Messias
A. Saelemaekers
66' Substitution for Milan. Saelemaekers is replaced by Messias.
65' Kvaratskhelia plays the ball inside to Politano who drags a shot wide from outside the box.
A. Rrahmani
Yellow Card
62' Rrahmani gets Napoli's first yellow card of the match.
62' GREAT PLAY! Hernandez and de Ketelaere play a one-two down the left before the defender pulls the ball across the box to Giroud. The striker sets the ball to Saelemaekers who has his shot blocked by Min-Jae.
60' Tonali's cross is cleared away to the feet of Saelemaekers who smashes the ball well over the bar from outside the box.
59' Giroud is pulled to the ground by Min-Jae and wins a free-kick in a crossing position.
57' Milan react with a chance of their own. Hernandez arrives at the back post and looks to find the bottom corner with a header, but his attempt is blocked by the back of Lorenzo.
M. Politano
Penalty Goal
55' GOAALLLLL! POLITANO SCORES! 1-0 NAPOLI! Politano strikes the ball low past Maignan. The Milan goalkeeper will be disappointed with his efforts, with the ball rolling under him and into the net.
R. Krunić
Yellow Card
53' Krunic receives a yellow card for his reaction to the penalty decision.
53' PENALTY! Running down the left of the box, Kvaratskhelia is taken out by Dest who boots the bottom of his foot. After consulting VAR, referee Mariani gives a penalty. It's a horrible start for Dest who has only just come on.
51' Kvaratskhelia goes down under the challenge of Dest and the referee points for a corner. The Napoli man feels like he should have a penalty. Referee Maurizio Mariani is going to the monitor.
49' Tomori looks for Giroud with a long ball forward, but the striker cannot get it under control with Napoli now in possession.
48' Politano wins a corner off of Hernández after his low cross is deflected out.
47' Napoli have picked up seven points in their first three away Serie A matches this season. They could remain unbeaten in the first four away games in a Serie A campaign for the third season in a row, a result never achieved before.
46' The game is back underway for the second half.
S. Dest
D. Calabria
46' Substitution for Milan. Calabria, who is on a yellow card, is replaced by Dest.
P. Kalulu
S. Kjær
46' Substitution for Milan. Kjaer is replaced by Kalulu.
Napoli have scored more goals than Milan in Serie A this season, but have looked poor in attack compared to Pioli's side. The incoming Raspadori has struggled to get into the game and has failed to have a shot so far. In fact, the only attempt from the Napoli attacking line came through Politano, with his tame header saved with ease. If they want to end this match top of the table, they must look much more dangerous going forward. As for Milan, it should be more of the same. They have looked like a threat going forward and have taken plenty of shots, with Tomori and Kjaer hardly troubled.
With no goals so far, the teams head into the tunnel level. Milan has had the better of the game and would have been ahead if not for a fantastic reaction save from Meret. Giroud struck from inside the box after receiving the ball from Krunic, with his shot flicked onto the bar by the goalkeeper. It was one of five attempts the striker had in the first 45 minutes, but the only one on target. Napoli's best opportunity came through Politano, with his header from the right pushed away by Maignan.
D. Calabria
Yellow Card
45' Calabria gets a yellow card for pulling down Kvaratskhelia who was bursting away on the counter.
44' De Ketelaere flicks the ball onto Saelemaekers who bursts down the right but is tackled by Lorenzo.
42' Napoli have a chance through Kvaratskhelia who runs into the middle of the box. He receives a low cross from Politano but flicks the ball well wide of the goal.
40' Milan break through the middle of the pitch with Krunic on the ball. He looks for Hernandez down the left but his pass has too much power and the attack ends.
38' Krunic now has a header for Milan after getting on the end of a cross from Bennacer, but he flicks the ball just wide of the Napoli goal.
37' A deep cross from Zielinski finds Politano, but his header from a tight angle is pushed away by Maignan who stretches out his right arm.
35' Napoli have struggled to attack so far. They have had just one shot, with their single attempt being off target.
33' Napoli have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Serie A games (0.4 goals conceded per game); that’s as many clean sheets as in their previous 25 matches (average of 1.1 goals conceded).
30' De Ketelaere, Giroud and Tonali combine outside the box before Krunic's sliding attempt is blocked. His shot had no power on it, so would not have threatened Meret if it found its way through the Napoli defence.
28' SAVE! Bennacer's curling ball into the box is met by an unmarked Krunic. Powering a header towards the goal, Meret pushes the ball over. If his attempt was not as central, the goalkeeper may have struggled to save it.
26' CLOSE! De Ketelaere and Krunic play a one-two with the former playing the ball across the box. Giroud attempts a scorpion kick having moved in front of the ball, sending it over. Calabria is cutting a frustrated figure as the ball was going to land at his feet inside the box.
24' Politano plays the ball to Lorenzo who bursts down the right with his cross blocked out for a corner.
23' Bennacer pulls back Zielinski who was racing away on the counter. The Milan man is lucky to get away without a yellow card for the challenge.
21' Hernandez looks for Giroud with a cross from the left but the former Chelsea man heads the ball well over.
19' The cross from Zielinski hits the left arm of de Ketelaere inside the box. However, his arms are by his side so no penalty is given.
S. Kjær
Yellow Card
18' Kjaer gets the first yellow card of the game for a crunching challenge on Kvaratskhelia just outside the box. He left a leg out after the winger dribbled the ball past him on the left.
17' Calabria and Saelemaekers combine again with the former then looking for de Ketelaere who goes bursting into the box. However, the pass is intercepted.
15' Calabria looks for Saelemaekers down the right but his pass is cleared away by Rui.
13' WHAT A SAVE! Krunic finds Giroud on the edge with a reverse pass. Taking a shot, Giroud's strike is saved onto the bar by Meret with the ball going out for a corner.
11' Napoli have their first chance in Milan's third. Politano cuts the ball onto his left looking for Kvaratskhelia but his cross has too much power and goes out for a goal-kick.
9' CLOSE! Krunic lays the ball off to Hernandez who goes bursting down the left, but his low shot goes wide of the far post.
8' Tonali's ball into the box is cleared away as far as Hernandez on the edge. Shaping to shoot, his bouncing volley deflects off of Giroud for a goal-kick.
7' Milan win another corner with Calabria's low cross deflected out by Rui who tracked his run.
6' Milan have lost their last two home league games against Napoli, both with a score of 0-1. Only in 1979 did the Rossoneri suffer three home consecutive defeats against Napoli in Serie A and they’ve never gone three games against them in a row without scoring.
4' Early corner for Milan. Bennacer puts the ball in from the right after Tonali runs past it but it is cleared away.
2' Kvaratskhelia makes an early dash down the left but is brushed off the ball by Kjaer. The Napoli man wants a free-kick but nothing is given.
1' Giroud gets this Serie A clash underway.
Milan won their last league match against Napoli after a run of two consecutive defeats; the Rossoneri could win two Serie A games in a row against Napoli for the first time since 2010/11, under Massimiliano Allegri.
As for Napoli, Spalletti makes just one alteration to the team that was victorious over Rangers. Scoring off the bench against the Scottish outfit, Raspadori comes in for Simeone who drops to the bench.
Milan make three changes to the side that beat Zagreb in the Champions League. De Ketelaere comes in for the suspended Rafael Leao, with Kjaer and Krunic replacing Kalulu and Diaz.
NAPOLI SUBS: Hirving Lozano, Alessio Zerbin, Giovanni Simeone, Eljif Elmas, Mathias Olivera, Davide Marfella, Tanguy Ndombele, Leo Ostigard, Gianluca Gaetano, Juan Jesus, Alessandro Zanoli, Salvatore Sirigu.
NAPOLI (4-2-3-1): Alex Meret; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kim Min-Jae, Mario Rui; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Stanislav Lobotka; Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia; Giacomo Raspadori.
MILAN SUBS: Matteo Gabbia, Brahim Diaz, Fode Ballo-Toure, Sergino Dest, Junior Messias, Antonio Mirante, Yacine Adli, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Tommaso Pobega, Malick Thiaw, Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Aster Vranckx, Marko Lazetic.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali; Alexis Saelemaekers, Rade Krunic, Charles de Ketelaere; Olivier Giroud.
One place above Milan is Napoli, who sit ahead of their opponents on goal difference having started their campaign in an identical fashion. With four wins and two draws, Luciano Spalletti’s side beat Spezia in the previous league match. Last dropping points at the end of August, where they drew with Leece, the visiting side will go to the summit of the league with a victory.
Looking to defend their Serie A title, champions Milan will go to the top of the table with a two-goal victory over Napoli. Unbeaten so far, Stefano Pioli’s side have won both of their league games this month, with victories over rivals Inter and Sampdoria. They have also collected four points in the Champions League, drawing with Salzburg in their opener before beating Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 last time out.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Serie A clash between Milan and Napoli at San Siro.