Milan advanced after defeating flying Napoli. While no one could stop Napoli in the league, they were beaten by AC Milan in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Pioli beat Napoli 1-0 in the first leg on Wednesday (April 12) night.
Despite playing at home, Napoli dominated the attack throughout the match. Milan were cornered in the attack from the beginning of the match. However, after handling the attack of Napoli, they went on a counter attack.
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Ismail Bennaser scored the winning goal in the first half. It was his first goal in the Champions League. Milan went ahead with a great attack in the 40th minute of the match. Brahim Dias ran the ball between two Napoli players in their own half. He passed the ball to Bennasser after sharing the ball with Rafael Liao in the box. A bullet-speed shot at first touch hits the ball at the goalkeeper’s feet and into the net.
After that both teams could not create any big chance in the whole match. In the 74th minute of the opposite match, Napoli became a team of 10 people. Midfielder Andre Franc Jumbo Anguisa left the field after receiving two yellow cards in four minutes.
Napoli lost to Milan for the second time in less than two weeks. Milan thrashed Napoli 4-0 earlier this month in Serie A. And in the Champions League, they lost to Napoli in another round on Wednesday. The second leg will be held next Tuesday (April 19).