Thu 13 April 2023 | 8:09

Bennacer earns hard-fought win for Milan over 10-man Napoli

AC Milan won the first leg at San Siro and have Napoli on the ropes.

AC Milan



for the second time in the space of less than two weeks, as the Rossoneri won 1-0 in the first leg of their

Champions League


Ismail Bennacer

scored the match's only goal in the 40th minute.

And from a quick and perfect counterattack 

Brahim Diaz

started it with a more than wonderful pass from among the players in the middle of the field in the 40th minute, then he passed the ball to

Rafael Leão

 who played it crosswise; it passed from everyone to reach the left side and Ben Nasser met it with a powerful shot which the goalkeeper failed to stop and it entered the net.

The beginning of Napoli was very strong and after only 50 seconds had passed Calabria prevented a goal from the goal line after a weak cross from


from the right was passed by


and goalkeeper


 it also to reach


where he hit the ball into the empty net but


pushed it off the line.

Anguisa got a pass from Kafara on the edge of the penalty area so the Napoli midfielder fired a missile shot, in which Maenan shone and pushed it away with his fist for a corner in the third minute.

And from a ball that Kvaratskhelia passed to Elmas the latter returned it to him inside the area to hit a ball that almost passed towards the goal had it not been for hitting the defense and passing for a corner, and Kvara passed a cross that

Di Lorenzo

met with a header from the penalty mark that hit the top net of the goal out of the field.

The beginning of the second half almost resulted in the equalizing goal for Napoli after an elaborate cross from Kfaratskhelia was met by


with a header towards the goal the moment goalkeeper Maenan left to pass towards the net, but the Milan goalkeeper succeeded in returning and removing it with his fingertips to hit the crossbar and pass for a corner.

The 74th minute saw Anguisa the Napoli player, receive a red card after a second warning.

The missed chances of the Napoli players continued after the corner was executed shortly and reached


, who passed a cross that


met with a header that touched the top of the net to miss the equalizer.

The semi-finalist will be decided in the second leg, which will be held in the stronghold of Napoli next Tuesday.



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