Napoli vs. AC Milan

Napoli vs. AC Milan

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Goalscorers: Insigne (Ghoulam), Bonaventura

Position in table after match:

Napoli: 2nd

Milan: 6th

Starting Lineups:

Napoli: Reina, Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik, Callejon, Higuain, Insigne

AC Milan: Donnarumma, Abate, Alex, Zapata, Antonelli, Honda, Montolivo, Kucka, Bonaventura, Bacca, Niang

Milan put up a much better fight in this match than the last meeting with Napoli, losing 4-0 at the San Siro. This game was overwhelmingly dominated by Napoli in the stats, as they maintained 65 percent of possession and had 16 shots, but only 4 hit the target. Milan’s defensive discipline kept them in this game, as they managed to make it increasingly difficult in the final third, only allowing 4 shots to get to the youngster Donnarumma. On the other end of the pitch, Bonaventura’s goal came as the eventual equalizer, and he knew just as well as the fans that his goal was the most important part of the game. The fact that these teams were tied for so long meant Milan never had to participate in full attacks if they were to settle for the one point away. In addition, the goal by Insigne took a heavy deflection off Abate An overall impressive performance by Milan to get a point away from home, and a somewhat disappointing one from Napoli, being the home, and better, team.

Player Ratings:

Napoli:

Reina: 6- Not called into action much, almost saved Milan’s equalizer as he did well to move quickly to the far post

Hysaj: 6- Did well attacking especially in the first half, slowly faded as the game went on

Albiol: 6- Did well to keep Bacca and Niang quiet throughout the game

Koulibaly: 6- Unlucky to have the cross from Honda skid off his head and land in front of Bonaventura

Ghoulam: 6- created space on the attack, kept his side safe in defense

Allan: 6.5- Did well to do anything he could to get Higuain and the front three on the ball

Jorginho: 6- Became the start of most Napoli attacks, sitting right in front of the defense

Hamsik: 6- Did not manage do get in front of goal, but set up plenty of chances for others

Callejon: 5.5- kept ineffective by the Milan defense

Higuain: 6- had an off-night, could not find the back of the net, a couple of deflected shots

Insigne: 7- opened scoring with a well worked goal, though deflected, important in attacking play throughout the game

Substitutes:

Mertens: Had a brilliant shot bounce of the post

Gabbiandini: NR

El Kaddouri: NR

 

Milan Ratings:

Donnarumma: 5- looked beaten and slow on his feet during the goal

Abate: 6- shaky start after the first goal being heavily deflected off of him, improved later on

Alex: 6.5- experience shoowed in dealing with Higuain

Zapata: 7.5- very mature and strong performance, had the league leader in scoring in his back pocket

Antonelli: 6.5- completely shut down Callejon on the right

Honda: 6- did well to link up and attack, great cross that led to Bonaventura’s goal

Montolivo: 4.5- controlled the game poorly from his holding midfield position, gave away possession far too often

Kucka: 6- had a fantastic run from his own box in the second half, ended witha poor ball with Bacca in a great position

Bonaventura: 7- the best attacking hope for the Rossineri

Bacca: 4.5- did nothing to scare the Napoli defense

Niang: 5- kept quiet as the game wore on, lively to start

Substitutes:

Menez: 4- no improvement made with him coming on, very sluggish

Bertolacci: NR

Balotelli: NR

Bonaventura equalizes after a poorly dealt with cross from Honda

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