AC Milan vs. Napoli: Serie A Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Napoli join Roma at the top of the Serie A table. It's only been four rounds, but this championship certainly has a very southern flavour to it.
The Partenopei were excellent in parts tonight, but they should have put this game to bed a lot earlier. If Milan has a full squad, they could have taken some if not all of the spoils.
Credit should go to the Rossoneri for the spirit they showed; they fought until the final whistle but it wasn't enough. It's now a win, a draw and two losses for Milan in the league. If Allegri's not careful he could have a crisis on his hands very soon.
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Emanuelson; Poli, De Jong, Muntari; Birsa, Matri, Balotelli
Napoli: Reina; Mesto, Albiol, Britos, Zuniga; Dzemaili, Behrami; Insigne, Hamsik, Callejón; Higuain
Milan: Abbiati, Amelia, Coppola, Abate, Constant, Mexes, Vergara, Zaccardo, Zapata, Birsa, Cristante, Emanuelson, De Jong, Muntari, Nocerino, Poli, Balotelli, Matri, Niang, Robinho
Napoli: Rafael, Reina, Colombo, Albiol, Britos, Cannavaro, Fernandez, Armero, Behrami, Dzemaili, Hamsik, Inler, Maggio, Mesto, Zuniga, Callejon, Mertens, Higuain, Insigne, Pandev, Zapata
Rafa Benitez's Napoli can join Roma at the top of the Serie A table this evening providing they can beat their hosts AC Milan at the San Siro.
The Spaniard has a full squad to choose from, unlike his counterpart on the Milan bench, Max Allegri. The Rossoneri are without several key players for the game but will hope that Mario Balotelli can fire them to a win against the Partenopei.
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If Niang was more confident in front of goal, it could have been 2-2. But it's all over. Napoli win.
BALO! incredible, curling strike from the edge of the box. Milan 1, Napoli 2. They've two minutes to get something out of this game.
Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with Head Coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.— Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) September 22, 2013
Paolo Di Canio's been sacked. Sunderland now need a manager. Max Allegri might be posting off a CV tonight.
And Balotelli is wide of the mark there from a free-kick. He couldn't buy a goal tonight.
Insigne off for Gokhan Inler. And Rafa shuts up shop. Surely the extra muscle in the middle will now make it impossible for Milan.
Eight minutes to go at the San Siro. If Milan are going to salvage anything from this game, they need to score ASAP.
Nocerino replaced Abate, and is now playing as a full-back. A sign of the worrying injury list at Milan.
On comes Antonio Nocerino for Milan. Nocerino's from Naples.
Mesto's lucky to get away with a clip on Balotelli in the Napoli box. Penalties have been given for less.
Higuain goes off with a goal to his name. He's done his job well this evening.
Dries Mertens is on. The Belgian's an exciting player, for anyone who hasn't seen him play.
Fair play to Allegri. He's got four forwards on now. Niang, Balo, Matri and Robinho. He's going to try at least.
Niang on for Poli.
Milan were losing with four minutes to go last week. Can they pull it out of the fire again? It's a big ask.
Balotelli grazes the crossbar! You've got to feel for him tonight. He's been the only Milan player worth his place on the team sheet. It's a great shame that he doesn't have more quality around him, because if there was less pressure on him to do everything you get the feeling he'd be able to achieve more.
Hamsik subbed off for Goran Pandev. It hasn't been a vintage night for the Napoli captain.
Balotelli plays Matri through, who then shies out of it when he sees Reina rushing forward. Should a professional sportsman look that sheepish? I would say no.
Poli in the book for a rash challenge on Zuniga.
Reina's save was remarkable. Balotelli's strike had pace and was placed perfectly in the bottom right corner, but the Napoli keeper took it confidently.
AND IT'S SAVED! Reina the hero as Balotelli's astonishing penalty record of 22 successful strikes is brought to an end. This just isn't Milan's night.
Penalty! Clumsy challenge from Albiol on Balotelli. The ref thought for a second about that one, but he's pointed to the spot.
Mario Balotelli has played against Napoli three times—and lost every time. Looks like that record is going to extend to four here.
Milan haven't lost at the San Siro in 2013. So far.
Birsa off for Robinho. The Brazilian scored in the game against Cagliari recently. Can he find the next again?
GOAL! Higuain with a very, very nice goal. Abbiati should have done better, but a great strike from the Argentine who connected just as he was beginning to side. The Milan defence was nowhere.
I don't know why Milan are trying to play through the middle here. That's where Napoli excel, and without the likes of Kaka or Montolivo to contribute, the Rossoneri are just outclassed in the centre. Whenever they go out wide they look much better and far more likely to get something.
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