CorSera: Milan punished as Napoli take their chances – Leao’s absence was felt

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan tasted defeat in Serie A for the first time since January as Napoli prevailed 2-1 in an exciting encounter at San Siro last night.

Corriere della Sera (via MilanNews) reports how Milan had racked up 22 games without a loss since they were beaten in controversial circumstances on January 17 by Spezia. They played an excellent game against Napoli but once again they did not capitalise on the opportunities created, which the away side did.

A draw would have been more fair, but in football precision is everything and Napoli were more precise and concrete in front of goal than Milan. Spalletti’s side displayed the killer instinct in front of goal (particularly Gio Simeone’s winner) that allows them to go into the international break joint-top with Atalanta.

Rafael Leao’s suspension was felt and while Napoli had Victor Osimhen out, the absence of the Portuguese was felt more than that of the Nigerian. Milan hit the bar twice through Giroud and Kalulu, and it is centimetres that can make the difference in football.

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