Last meeting of the 7th day of Serie A, the clash between AC Milan (4th) and Naples (3rd) was eagerly awaited between two title contenders at the end of the season. The two teams, undefeated since the start of the Italian championship before this match with the same record (four wins and two draws), went blow for blow but the meeting ended up turning in favor of the Neapolitans (2-1). The meeting was marked by many chances on both sides, even if the Rossoneri could have been paid a little better than their opponent in the evening. Indeed, the Milanese insisted on the cages kept by Alex Meret especially in the first period.
From the first quarter of an hour of this meeting, Rade Krunic, with a brilliant inspiration, managed to find Olivier Giroud between two players from Naples. The French took the time to control under the pressure of Min-Jae Kim to arm a powerful strike that Alex Meret could only deflect on his crossbar (13th). However, if Stefano Pioli’s players pushed forward to score the first goal of this meeting, they came up against an excellent Neapolitan defense. For their part, the Partenopei were not satisfied with the crumbs left by their opponent in the evening and took advantage of each situation to bring danger into the area of Mike Maignan, very present as evidenced by his intervention on the head of Matteo Politano on a cross in the second post in the back of Lucas Hernandez (36th).
The chilling realism of the Neapolitans
After the break, the meeting settled down thanks to the Georgian nugget from Naples, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. On his left side, the young 21-year-old made a good incursion into the Milan penalty area but he was irregularly stopped by Serginho Dest, who had returned a few minutes earlier in place of Davide Calabria. The VAR confirmed the sentence and Matteo Politano was quick to open the scoring despite the presence of the French goalkeeper, almost on the ball (55th, 1-0). In the continuity of the Neapolitan goal, Théo Hernandez stood out for his volume of play and his offensive contribution to his team’s game. At the end of a cross, the French defender headed a cross that ended its way on the back Giovanni Di Lorenzo very well placed (57th). Shortly after, following a good run in his lane, his well-felt center found no takers in the opposing area (60th).
It is also on one of its acceleration that AC Milan finally managed to equalize. Well launched by Charles De Ketelaere, Théo Hernandez found Olivier Giroud from a perfectly balanced center back. The attacker could then easily conclude with a flat foot while in control (69th, 1-1). A 100% French goal then! But the Neapolitans did not count out there. Mario Rui came to drop a love ball on the head of Giovanni Pablo Simeone which gave the advantage to his team (78th, 2-1). The end of the match gave rise to another superb opportunity for the Milanese. Théo Hernandez crossed for Olivier Giroud who extended for Pierre Kalulu whose sudden and powerful strike ended his race on the crossbar again (86th). Thanks to this victory and their realism, the Partenopei regain the lead in the standings tied with Atalanta. For its part, AC Milan lost a place and regained 5th.