Ac Milan keeps their chase for the Scudetto alive and kicking in this early part of the season as they defeated a 10-man Napoli 2-1 last night at San Paolo stadium.
Playing in a soaking wet pitch, the Rossoneri got the two important goals from their late summer signings, Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who were both supplied by Massimo Oddo.
Not only taking them settled on second place with only two points behind Lazio, the victory also means a lot for the away team as it was their first win in 13 years at the stadium.
Coming into the game in the back of disappointing 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League, the Rossoneri are looking very bright early on as the dominate the possession and troubles the home side’s defense through their slick passing. After the unfortunate injury that struck their left back, Luca Antonini, Milan finally managed to take the lead through Robinho, slotting home a lovely cut back from Oddo who was brought in to replace Antonini.
Milan’s goal seems to snap Napoli alive as they started to attack after that through Marek Hamsik, Ezuqiuel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani who were causing all sort of problems for the Rossoneri that seemed to ease down their early pressure. With the home side piling up their pressure, the game gets more exciting as the away side are also looking dangerous especially on the counter where Alexandre Pato, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho’s movement really gave a headache for the Naples’ side.
Unfortunately for the home team, just before the first half ended they are forced to play with ten men after loosing out Michele Pazienza who foolishly got himself two yellow cards both for unnecessary usage of his hand. Curiously, playing with a man short doesn’t stop Napoli from pressurizing Milan as the home team are probably looking to level the game and starts to play on the counter after that.
After series of excellent goal scoring chances, Milan finally gets their second goal through their Swede international, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s vicious header inside the home team’s penalty box. The Napoli’s defense were pretty much to blame for the goal as they gave Ibrahimovic all the space and time in the world to divert Oddo’s wonderful cross into Morgan De Sanctis’ goal.
Just when Milan seems cruising away with their first victory in San Paolo after 13 years, Napoli hit back out of nowhere as Lavezzi scored an audacious chip goal after taking advantage of a defensive scraps on the Rossoneri’s back line. The goal revive’s the Partenopei’s spirit once again as they started to push their visitor all they way although Massimiliano Allegri side did have few goal scoring chances that they messed up that make things tougher for them in the end. After five minutes of extra time, the match finally ended and the Red and Black squad successfully hold on to their victory and keeps the pressure on Lazio.
Napoli v Milan 1-2
Goals: Lavezzi (Napoli); Robinho (Milan), Ibrahimovic (Milan)
Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Grava, Aronica; Maggio (Yebda 23), Gargano (Dumitru 84), Pazienza, Dossena; Hamsik (Sosa 68), Lavezzi, Cavani
Milan: Abbiati; Bonera, Nesta, Papastathopoulos, Antonini (Oddo 12); Boateng, Pirlo, Gattuso (Flamini 87); Robinho; Pato, Ibrahimovic (Seedorf 75)
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