AC Milan 0-1 Napoli: Matteo Politano’s goal dent Milan’s title hopes, Rebic got sent off

Gennaro Gattuso-Napoli

AC Milan’s chances of winning the Scudetto this season took a huge blow on Sunday as they lost to Napoli at home, leaving them nine points behind Inter Milanwho had won Torino earlier in the day.

Stefano Pioli’s men fell behind early in the second half but could not break down a stubborn Napoli side who held on to pick up their first away win since early January.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Mandzukic still missing with injuries, Rade Krunic and Rafael Leao were once again tasked with leading the line for Milan.

Incidentally, the first chance of the game fell to the Portuguese youngster as his run was picked up by a Theo Hernandez through ball in the 4th minute. But Ospina did brilliantly to save his close-range shot.

The visitors were the next to try their luck, with Piotr Zielinski coming close in the 16th minute, but Donnarumma was able to push away his volley with a firm hand.

Both teams continued to test out each other without success until four minutes after the restart, when Napoli took the lead through Matteo Politano. After winning the ball back in the 49th minute, Napoli broke quickly and Piotr Zielinski squared for Politano pick out the bottom corner and open the scoring for his side.

Both sides had further chances to add more goals to the scoreline, but none could find a way past either keeper as the game drew to a close. 

However, with a few minutes left on the clock, Milan were dealt a further blow after Ante Rebic was sent off for dissent, effectively ending any chances of nicking a goal for the home team.

The result extended Milan’s run without a win at home to four games, while Napoli picked up their first away win in eight tries to move up to fifth in the table.