AC Milan 1-1 Napoli: Bonaventura screamer enough to avoid yet another loss

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan failed to grab the three points against Napoli, but at least they didn’t lose. Bonaventura rescued the Rossoneri from disaster as his equaliser in the first half was enough for one point. 

The Rossoneri got off to a bright start, playing the ball around nicely. Piatek got a chance early on but fail to direct the header goal-wise, after a nice move from Paqueta on the right flank.

It didn’t end there as Meret was forced to a good save minutes later, as Rebic nearly found Bonaventura at the back post with a good cross. In other words, it looked like the good intentions from the Juve clash were there.

Milan continued to play well and created a few more half-chances to show for it. However, Napoli took the lead after 24 minutes. Insigne’s shot hit the bar but Lozano was quick enough to pounce on the rebound.

After a good start, it was tough for Pioli’s men, who didn’t take long to respond, though. In the 29th minute, Krunic set up Bonaventura with a lovely lay-off, and the Italian made no mistakes as he scored the equaliser with a screamer.

It nearly got even better for Milan five minutes later as Hernandez sent a low cross into the box. Hysaj attempted to clear it but nearly scored an own-goal instead, just missing the frame of the goal.

Napoli looked dangerous as well, putting the Rossoneri defence in trouble on the counter-attacks. However, the Partenopei also looked shaky at the back, as Krunic found Rebic with a lovely cross. The Croatian, though, failed to hit the target.

The scores remained 1-1 as the referee blew for half time, although it’s safe to say we could have seen more goals in the first half.

In the first 20 minutes of the second half, barely anything was created. Both sides tried to take the lead but it often resulted in a few rushed attempts, sloppy play and a lack of composure. In fact, the first real chance came in the 70th minute.

Biglia made a big mistake in the middle, sluggishly losing the ball in an exposed situation. Napoli were three on two but still failed to take the lead, as Elmas made his way past Donnarumma, but decided to dive. He was booked for simulation.

Three minutes later, Pioli decided to bring on Calabria in place of Biglia, who really had a bad game. The right-back played as a midfielder, and it must be said that he wasn’t terrible by any means. On the other hand, it didn’t change much.

Hernandez did well on the left flank a few times, sending the ball into the box. However, the Napoli defence stood tall, blocking the attempts of the Rossoneri. Nothing more came of the second half, and the game ended 1-1.

For Milan, it’s not a perfect result, but better than a loss. The performance wasn’t as good as against Juventus, but at least they managed to get on target this time out. Next up is Parma away on Sunday next week.

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