3 - 2


Serie A
25 August 2018
Game week
0 - 1
3 - 2
Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)


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15' G. Bonaventura (G) (assist by: F. Borini)
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49' D. Calabria (G) (assist by: Suso)
P. Zieliński (G) 53' (assist by: José Callejón)
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P. Zieliński (G) 67'
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D. Mertens (G) 80' (assist by: Allan)
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That concludes our coverage of the Serie A fixture between Napoli and Milan. We hope you enjoyed it and we look to see you again soon!
Napoli return to action next Sunday with a trip to Genoa to face Sampdoria, while Milan host Roma in one week’s time at the San Siro.
Overall it was a decent performance from the Rossoneri – result aside. They were certainly tested in their first match of the season, but they showed quality and confidence in long stretches – though fading towards the end. With a number of signings still requiring time to come into match fitness, it is a good showing to build from.
What a phenomenal game of football at the San Paolo as Napoli end a nervy 90 minutes with the three points after edging out Milan 3-2. After leading 2-0 early in the second half, the Rossoneri collapsed under the pressure of Napoli’s endless waves of attack. Piotr Zielinski’s somewhat fortunate second goal really swung the tides of the match, and Mertens capitalised brilliantly.
90'+3 Insigne has the ball on the left flank but chooses to hold up play and wind down the clock before thinking better and slipping it through to Mertens – whose shot is a weak one at goal.
90'+1 Kalidou Koulibaly is shown a yellow card for a cynical foul in an attempt to break up a Milan attack.
The referee indicates an additional four minutes at the end of the 90.
87' Laxalt puts the ball towards the penalty spot with a low cross for Higuain who chooses to meet the pass with a swivelled first-time hit – but he sends his shot far over the bar.
85' Mertens gets into the penalty area and fires a shot but Musacchio is there to block it. The ball is returned over the top of the Milan defence for Allan who heads it towards Donnarumma’s hands for the easy catch.
83' With seven minutes left, Milan find themselves in the unlikely position of being down a goal, despite leading by two shortly after the half-time restart. Napoli have shown class and character in completing the comeback – can Milan show similar endeavour?
81' Gattuso’s last substitution is an obvious one, as Patrick Cutrone replaces Giacomo Bonaventura.
80' MERTENS COMPLETES THE COMEBACK! 3-2 NAPOLI! Brilliant scenes at the San Paolo as substitute Dries Mertens gets on the end of a fantastic centring pass from Allan who manages to force his way into the penalty area following a brilliant run! Donnarumma laid out to get to it, but the ball is put just out of reach and Mertens slots home in the empty goal.
Allan's assist could prove to be the key contribution to the match winner. His perfectly placed pass to Mertens was fantastic set-up play.
77' Mertens looks to spring Callejon free but Calabria cuts across and intercepts the ball well.
75' It’s Milan’s turn to be furious after a slide-tackle on Higuain by Raul Albiol during a counter-attack goes unpunished by the referee. Ospina comes far out of his goal to clear, but manages to do so effectively.
73' Napoli also make their third change, with Sebastiano Luperto replacing Mario Rui at left-back.
72' Interesting decision from Ancelotti who chooses to remove Piotr Zielinski who is on a hat-trick for Amadou Diawara – a more defensive-minded player.
71' Following the equaliser, Gattuso makes his second switch of the match, handing a second Milan debut of the match – this time to Diego Laxalt who replaces Fabio Borini.
67' PIOTR ZIELINSKI HAS HIS DOUBLE AND MAKES IT 2-2! Following an in-swinging corner, Bakayoko meets it with his head to clear the ball, but only to the top of the box for Zielinski who fires it back towards goal. The ball manages to squirm past the mess of legs and into the back of the net! Game on!
66' Ricardo Rodriguez earns a yellow card for a foul on Allan in midfield following a tangle of legs.
65' With 65 minutes gone each side have made one change – with both holding midfielders being withdrawn. Gattuso has gone like-for-like introducing Bakayoko, while Ancelotti predictably adds another forward, introducing Mertens. It looks like the final 20 minutes will be a case of attack versus defence.
63' Carlo Ancelotti makes his first change of the match, taking Marek Hamsik off for Dries Mertens.
62' Insigne curls a cross in with his left foot but it’s repelled at the back post, though Zielinski keeps the ball from going out for a throw, keeping Milan under pressure.
60' With an hour gone from this contest, both teams are still in with a fighting chance. The result still hangs in the balance, with calls to the substitutes bench vitally important in the closing stages.
58' Lucas Biglia is withdrawn in Milan’s first substitution of the match – with loan signing Tiemoue Bakayoko making his Rossoneri debut after making the switch from Chelsea.
57' Insigne fires first-time from inside the penalty area but Kessie gets a vital block and Donnarumma makes the save. The Milan backline have seemed much shakier since conceding.
55' Zielinski has another pop at goal from distance and sends his effort narrowly wide of the target. It seems as though the Partenopei have finally woken up after their dormancy led to their two-goal deficit.
53' Jose Callejon has been very dangerous in this match, and his pressure finally pays with a nice assist for Zielinski's goal.
NAPOLI MAKE IT 2-1 THROUGH ZIELINSKI! The home side force themselves back in the match after a turnover in midfield gifts the ball to Napoli through Callejon, who squares it for Zielinski. The Poland midfielder hesitates and lets the ball roll before tucking it neatly in the bottom corner.
51' Milan have started the second half brilliantly, controlled in their passing and in their movement. Borini, often a much-maligned figure, has displayed his best qualities today: work-rate, endeavour and intelligence. His versatility has been an oft-underrated positive of this Rossoneri side.
49' The goal is all down to Suso as his control for the switched pass and the lay-off for Calabria were both picture-perfect. Another great goal from Milan who are now in control.
DAVIDE CALABRIA PUTS MILAN UP 2-0! Not known for his goal-scoring ability, Calabria has slotted the ball brilliantly between the legs of Koulibaly, and into the corner of the goal – just out of the grasp of Ospina – from the outer area of the penalty box.
47' Suso turns Mario Rui brilliantly and sends in a cross but Albiol deals with the high ball and Napoli send the ball back to Donnarumma in the Milan goal.
46' Milan get the second half underway, leading by a goal to nil.
Milan lead 1-0 through the match itself is much tighter than the score. Giacomo Bonaventura’s breath-taking goal 15 minutes into the match was slightly against the run of play – though not undeserved. His leg-swinging volley is a goal worthy of the action in the first half. Both sides have deep benches, however, and this match is far from over.
It has been a tremendous match so far with both sides playing some great football. Napoli are energetic as ever, hurrying and harrying every Milan player in possession. For their part, the Rossoneri have done brilliantly well to avoid turning possession over in dangerous places while even including Donnarumma in the play.
45'+3 Milik takes a strike which stings the palms of Donnarumma who pushes the last-minute shot out for a corner which is taken short and ultimately cleared by Milan.
45'+2 Another injury concern for Milan as Mateo Musacchio has gone down holding his left knee following an attempted clearance on a Napoli cross. The defenders' leg looks to have gotten stuck in the turf – quite the painful injury – though it looks like the centre-back will finish the half.
45'+1 The referee indicates an additional three minutes at the end of the first half for stoppages.
44' Play restarts following the injury to Milan’s right-back, who remains on the sideline following the referee’s whistle, though he looks set to continue the match.
42' Napoli are furious as Mario Rui and Calabria collide in the penalty area during an aerial duel, but the referee chooses to award Milan the free-kick, instead of a home penalty. It looks a slightly suspicious decision – but Calabria remains down and receiving treatment.
40' Zielinski wins the ball from Biglia in midfield and charges towards goal, striking towards Donnarumma at his first sight of the penalty area. A good decision – but not a great execution as the shot drifts wide.
38' Napoli come forward again in search of an equaliser with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. They have acquitted themselves well in the opening 45, but have nothing to show for it. The Partenopei have now gone behind in both their opening Serie A matches – do they have the fortitude to take a result?
34' Suso’s pass intended for the overlapping Calabria is easily intercepted by Mario Rui who sends a cross-field switch to Callejon – though the striker’s centring lob is met with aplomb by Romagnoli.
32' There is now a bit more needle in the match, apart from the boos reigning down from the stands every time ex-Napoli striker Higuain touches the ball. Even after the showing of two yellow cards, Napoli and Milan players were still taking jabs at each other, including a slight shoving match between Romagnoli and Insigne. Both sides are certainly feeling the pressure – even early on.
30' For his part in the fray, Suso has also been shown a yellow card.
Lorenzo Insigne is shown a yellow card for a fracas involving himself and Suso after the referee’s decision to call Milan offside.
27' Milan are maintaining their shape very well despite the poking and prodding of Napoli. Hamsik finally decides to put the ball over the top for Milik and Insigne, but it floats too far for the strikers and Donnarumma happily collects.
25' Hamsik has a speculative shot at goal from a very far distance and skies his effort.
24' Higuain’s pass for Suso doesn’t reach the winger and Napoli intercept through Mario Rui, who is crowded off the ball by Calabria shortly after entering the Milan half.
22' Calabria gifts the ball to Zielinski on the left after a bad pass allows the Napoli midfielder to win possession. The cross is cut out well by Musacchio though, as his slide puts the ball out for a throw.
21' Callejon takes a corner-kick to the near post but it’s met first by the boot of a Milan player, though Napoli quickly recover and fire in another cross which is flapped at and put out by Donnarumma for a second set-piece which goes out for a goal-kick.
19' Napoli are now controlling possession, switching play from side to side looking to open up Milan and respond to going a goal behind. The Partenopei looked quite good before conceding but now must dig deep once again to mount a comeback.
17' Milan take a free-kick short before launching it long for Bonaventura who squirms past two defenders in the penalty area before sending the ball across the face of goal where none of his team-mates manage to meet it. Bonaventura has been unplayable in the early minutes of this match!
15' Fabio Borini - not known for his aerial prowess - used his head fantastically well there to assist Bonaventura.
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE STRIKE FROM BONAVENTURA! The San Paolo is silenced as Giacomo Bonaventura hits a sensational volley! The cross from Suso finds Borini on the left who centres the ball via header for Bonaventura. The Rossoneri midfielder then hits a venomous strike while airborne to beat Ospina. 1-0 Milan!
13' Insigne hits on the counter-attack after Bonaventura loses possession in what looked to be a foul on the edge of Napoli’s penalty area. The diminutive winger looks up and sees Donnarumma slightly out of position and attempts a chip which fails and winds up as a goal-kick.
11' Tactically, Ancelotti has already made his mark – playing Hamsik in a deeper position further away from goal, similar to how Ancelotti adapted the role of Andrea Pirlo. Hamsik’s passing and intelligence makes him a perfect candidate for the role.
9' Hysaj gets past two Milan defenders before putting a pass into the middle of the penalty area in search of Milik. Kessie gets there first to clear the danger as Milan are pushed further and further back.
7' The city of Naples has been experiencing some pretty heavy rainfall recently, which has certainly affected the pitch at the San Paolo. Many patches of the pitch look to be puddles, which could play a huge role in the flow of the match.
5' Mario Rui finds Callejon with a far-post cross, and the attacker centres the opportunity for Allan who puts it straight at Donnarumma from a point-blank position.
3' Napoli have started the match pressing with their usual intensity, not allowing Milan’s midfielders a moment on the ball. Quick interchanges and confident passing will be necessary if the away side are to win tonight.
1' Napoli get the match underway from the kick-off!
For Milan, Gennaro Gattuso chooses to start the new campaign with only one new face in the starting XI – that of Gonzalo Higuain in the central-striker role in the Rossoneri’s 4-3-3. Other recent acquisitions – Laxalt, Caldara, Castillejo and Bakayoko – will only feature if called from the bench.
Carlo Ancelotti makes one switch from the side that defeated Lazio 2-1 last weekend. The manager chooses to rotate his goalkeepers, as David Ospina replaces Orestis Karnezis between the posts.
Milan substitutes: Jose Mauri, Samu Castillejo, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ignazio Abate, Jose Reina, Mattia Caldara, Stefan Simic, Patrick Cutrone, Alen Halilovic, Antonio Donnarumma, Andrea Bertolacci, Diego Laxalt.
Milan Starting XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Davide Calabria, Mateo Musacchio, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez; Franck Kessie, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura; Suso, Gonzalo Higuain, Fabio Borini.
Napoli substitutes: Amadou Diawara, Dries Mertens, Marko Rog, Kevin Malcuit, Fabian Ruiz, Simone Verdi, Adam Ounas, Sebastiano Luperto, Nikola Maksimovic, Vlad Chiriches, Orestis Karnezis, Davide Marfella.
Napoli Starting XI (4-3-3): David Ospina; Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan, Marek Hamsik, Piotr Zielinski; Jose Callejon, Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, the team news has been confirmed! Let’s begin with the home side.
It was an incredibly busy summer in the offices of Casa Milan, with a European ban overturned which will see Milan take part in the Europa League this season. There were also high-profile returns to the club for both Leonardo and Paolo Maldini in administration roles, and a number of high-profile incomings and outgoings – primarily surrounding the swap-deal which saw Caldara and Higuain swap Juventus for Milan in return for financial compensation and Leonardo Bonucci.
Milan’s first scheduled fixture of the year – a home tie against Genoa last Sunday – was postponed after the tragic bridge collapse in the city of Genoa claimed the lives of 43 people. The Italian Football Federation’s decision to delay Genoa and Sampdoria’s first games means that the Rossoneri will get their season underway at the San Paolo tonight.
Carlo Ancelotti today manages against Milan in the Serie A, nine years after he swapped the San Siro for Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. The current Napoli boss also spent five years of his playing career patrolling the Rossoneri midfield, winning European and domestic honours in the process. Today's is a match brimming with emotion.
Napoli’s opening-weekend win against Lazio got the 2018-2019 season off to a great start. Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne cancelled out a Ciro Immobile opener and earned the Partenopei a very important three points. Last years’ runners-up have been handed a difficult opening run of fixtures, facing Lazio, Milan and Sampdoria in their first three matches.
Good evening and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Serie A fixture between Napoli and Milan from the Stadio San Paolo in Naples.


D. Calabria
G. Bonaventura
Mário Rui
José Callejón
G. Higuaín
F. Borini
A. Romagnoli
M. Hamšík
P. Zieliński
L. Biglia
M. Musacchio
E. Hysaj
L. Insigne
D. Ospina
K. Koulibaly
R. Rodríguez
F. Kessié
A. Milik
G. Donnarumma

Additional info

P. Valeri
G. Vuoto
Fourth official
D. Doveri

Match Stats

Napoli Milan
49 Attacks (Dangerous) 27
5 Corners 1
11 Fouls 9
13 Free Kicks 14
3 Goal Kicks 10
3 Offsides 2
6 Shots (blocked) 0
7 Shots (off target) 3
6 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
12 Throw Ins 24

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