A stunning first-half goal from Ismael Bennacer gave AC Milan a vital 1-0 victory over Napoli in the Champions League quarter-final. This was a huge win for Milan, who are chasing their first semi-final appearance in the competition since their triumph in 2007. Despite holding a comfortable 22-point lead over Milan in Serie A, Napoli struggled to find their rhythm in the match. The visitors had a few moments of dominance and nearly found the equalizer in the dying minutes of the game. However, a red card to Frank Anguissa in the second half meant that their hopes of a comeback were dashed. Milan will now take the advantage into the second leg, which promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Milan secured a crucial advantage in their Europa League quarterfinal clash against Napoli thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory at the San Siro. It was a game full of drama, with plenty of chances for both sides. Unfortunately for Marseille, their midfielder, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, picked up two yellow cards in quick succession, ultimately seeing red in the 74th-minute, which completely halted their momentum. Meanwhile, Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s effort was saved by Mike Maignan late on, ensuring Milan won the match. Despite the narrow victory, Milan will travel to Naples for the second leg knowing they will be without Min-Jae Kim and Anguissa. As they seek a place in the semi-finals, they will need to be at their best.
Milan was in a dominant position in the first half and almost doubled their lead just before the break. Simon Kjaer’s header from a corner was a powerful one that crashed off the underside of the bar. Napoli, on the other hand, had to wait until the second half to see their chance come so close to an equalizer. Eljif Elmas flicked a header that was tipped onto the woodwork by Maignan. However, Napoli’s evening got tougher when Anguissa was sent off for a second yellow card, just minutes after his first booking. But despite being a man down, Napoli put up a brave fight and almost found an equalizer as Maignan denied Di Lorenzo, and Mathias Olivera headed wide.
Despite their recent defeat to AC Milan, Napoli has plenty to look forward to as they progress to the Champions League last eight for the first time in their history. The Italian giants sit 16 points clear at the top of Serie A and are on course for their first title since 1990. Their game against Milan was not without its bright spots, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia coming close to scoring after just 53 seconds. Milan took control in the 25th minute, but not before Rafael Leao missed a golden opportunity to give them the lead. Despite the loss, Napoli showed signs of quality and determination, leaving fans excited about what’s to come.
Napoli fans all over the world have been eagerly waiting for the return of their star striker, Victor Osimhen, who has been out of action this month due to a thigh strain. However, their wait will soon be over as Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that Osimhen will definitely feature in next week’s return leg. As the Serie A’s top scorer for this season with an impressive 21 goals, the team will certainly be counting on him to deliver the goods once again. With Spalletti’s assurance that Osimhen is now fully rested and has completed the work done by the doctors, it seems that Napoli’s talisman is set for a triumphant comeback.