Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao ensure AC Milan win over Napoli

2024-02-12 14:57

Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao ensure AC Milan win over Napoli

Christian Pulisic failed to score for AC Milan on Sunday , but Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao combined to ensure they beat Napoli .

Despite Pulisic's hot start, AC Milan 's first goal came from the other side of the field, finishing off a brilliant partnership between Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao. Frenchman Hernandez made a typical breakthrough from the left-back position and scored the leading goal in the 25th minute.

Milan created some important chances, notably a shot from Leon in the 87th minute. However, despite failing to capitalize on these chances, Milan's defense held firm and secured a crucial 1-0 victory .

The win was crucial for Milan, especially after city rivals Inter Milan beat their rivals 4-2 earlier in the weekend to maintain their lead at the top of the Serie A table. AC Milan has played one more game than Inter Milan. Their points are eight points behind their opponents, so every point is very precious. They hope that Inter Milan will make mistakes, thus opening up the Serie A competition.

Pulisic had just 34 touches of the ball, four of which were in the opposition penalty area, and an early shot was blocked. A penalty request was rejected in the 77th minute, although Pulisic didn't complain too much.

Milan will now turn their focus to their Europa League campaign, which saw them finish third in their Champions League group stage. Their first Europa League match will be on Thursday, when they host French side Rennes in the first knockout round.