AC Milan vs. Napoli: Serie a Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Live Serie A commentary
Sunday April 13, 7:45 p.m. (UK) / 2:45 p.m. (ET)
AC Milan: Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate (MattiaDe Sciglio), Cristian Zapata, Philippe Mexes, Kevin Constant; Mathieu Flamini, Riccardo Montolivo, Sulley Muntari; Kevin-Prince Boateng (M'Baye Niang); Giampaolo Pazzini, Robinho (Stephan El Shaarawy) (4-3-1-2)
Substitutes: Marco Amelia (GK), Antonio Nocerino, Bartosz Salamon, Daniele Bonera, Gabriel, Mario Yepes, Luca Antonini, Cristian Zaccardo.
Napoli: Morgan De Sanctis; Hugo Campagnaro, Paolo Cannavaro, Miguel Britos; Christian Maggio (Emmanuele Calaio), Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Juan Zuniga; Marek Hamsik (Pablo Armero), Goran Pandev (Lorenzo Insigne); Edinson Cavani (3-4-2-1)
Substitutes: Antonio Rosati (GK), Gianluca Grava, Marco Donadel, Rolando, Omar El Kaddouri, Roberto Colombo, Giandomenico Mesto, Lorenzo Insigne, Alessandro Gamberini, Gokhan Inler.
Full Time - AC Milan 1-1 Napoli
A result that suits Napoli far more than Milan who stay third, four points behind Napoli, but only four points clear of fourth place Fiorentina after the weekend results.
Full-Time: Milan 1-1 Napoli- With a more positive manager and outlook, Napoli would have won this. With Mazzarri, they didn't. #SerieA— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) April 14, 2013
Napoli stay second. With a more positive approach, perhaps they'd be viable challengers to Juventus. Under Mazzarri however, we'll never know.
90 - Four minutes added time and chances
The match heads into time added on and Napoli have the chance they've been looking for.
Firstly, an Armero cross asks questions of Abbiati, who does well to punch away from danger initially.
However, from the resulting Zuniga cross, Calaio, 12 yards out, has a free header, which he can only direct wide.
89 - Tensions mounting
Campagnaro with a poor challenge on Niang is rightfully booked. And then Mexes arrives on the scene, grabs Campagnaro round the scruff of the neck and picks up his 15th yellow card of the season.
86 - Milan comfortable with 10 men
Since Flamini's red card, the away side have had a lot of the ball, but they've not really looked like scoring.
Milan have been more than comfortable defensively; Without Hamsik, Napoli lack that little bit of inventiveness in the final third.
85 - De Sciglio for Abate
Milan make their final change, replacing one Italian international defender with another.
82 - Calaio replaces Maggio
A bold move from Mazzarri (Can't believe I'm saying that) as he takes off his right wing-back Christian Maggio and brings on a striker in Emanuele Calaio.
Napoli have switching to a 4-4-2 formation, to incorporate the new arrival.
79 - Dangerous Napoli free kick
The away side, now firmly in the ascendency, with a free kick in the final third. Poor delivery, Napoli players claim a penalty, but it hit Montolivo on the hip.
74 - Cavani booked
The Uruguayan picks up a 9th yellow card of the season for a foul on Niang which, in all honesty, was rather needless.
73 - El Shaarawy replaces Robinho
Finally. He's only been getting ready since half-time!
17 minutes to make an impact in the 100th senior appearance of his career.
71 - Flamini sent off
This is why you can't rely on Flamini. Absolute horror tackle. Studs up with two feet— Matteo Bonetti (@TheMilanGuy) April 14, 2013
The referee has no choice but to show the Frenchman a red card. Horrendous two-footed lunge on Zuniga. An absolutely terrible challenge.
68 - Armero for Hamsik
Now that does surprise me. Colombian wing-back Pablo Armero is on, but is Hamsik the right choice? He's been their outstanding attacking player thus far. Extremely cautious from Mazzarri.
66 - Insigne for Pandev
The quicksilver Italian winger Lorenzo Insigne replaces the goalscorer Pandev for Napoli. Only one goal in his last 12 games, but the diminutive wideman is a real handful for opposing defenders. Will add to Napoli's counter-attacking threat.
63 - De Sanctis booked
Napoli's goalkeeper is booked. For time wasting. With 27 minutes left. Are you kidding?
No wait, it's Mazzarri's team after all.
61 - Free kick Milan
The home side with a free kick in dangerous territory, some 25 yards from goal...But Niang blazes it over the bar. Good spell this last 10 minutes for the Rossoneri.
59 - Time for Robinho to leave the game?
I can't see a single good reason why Robinho shouldn't be subbed with El Shaarawy (of course after my tweet he will score)— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 14, 2013
The Brazilian has done very little of note since the opening 30 minutes. El Shaarawy continues to get ready; Surely the time to change is now?
54 - Last ditch Zapata
Hamsik's weighted through pass looks to set Cavani through, but the big Colombian defender just does enough to slide the ball away from the striker and back towards Abbiati.
Hamsik's influence continuing to grow.
50 - Pandev drive
Goran Pandev, with one goal already, drops intelligently into space and fires a 25-yarder towards goal, but Abbiati has it covered comfortably.
47 - Mazzarri too negative
Personally, I do feel it's games like today where Napoli pay for having Mazzarri in charge.
Terrific job though he's done in Naples, in big games where the opposition are there for the taking, he's more worried about not losing than winning.
Let's hope Napoli take the handbrake off this second half and go for the three points, rather than settling for the draw.
Second half underway
Players back out. El Shaarawy had an energetic half-time out on the pitch. Could be with us soon.
Hamsik's assist for Pandev's goal makes him the assist leader in Serie A this season now. The Slovakian has teed up a pal on 14 occasions.
If he can make that 15 in the second period, then Napoli have a great chance of breaking their San Siro hoodoo.
45 - Half Time: AC Milan 1-1 Napoli
The first half took a while to get going but it really kicked into life on the half-hour mark.
Flamini gave Milan a lead that they largely deserved, but that only served as a reminder to Napoli that they needed to actually do something. Which they did with their next attack as Pandev levelled the scores.
42 - Cavani denied
What a goal this almost was for the Uruguayan!
A long, raking pass from Cannavaro out of defence, plucked from the sky by Cavani in the opposing penalty area, but hes denied a glorious goal by Abbiati, who reads his attempted chip and claims above his head.
40 - Milan struggling
What has happened to Milan here? Suddenly they look completely out of ideas. Montolivo, Muntari and Flamini being overrun in midfield.
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