Football: Napoli wins the clash against AC Milan and joins Atalanta at the top of Serie A

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SoccerNapoli win the clash against AC Milan and join Atalanta at the top of Serie A

The win against AC Milan sees Napoli join Atalanta as co-leaders in Serie A. Before that, they were solid winners at AS Roma (1-0).

Matteo Politano allowed Napoli to unblock the situation against AC Milan.

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Napoli, still unbeaten in Serie A, inflicted their first defeat of the season on defending champions AC Milan (2-1) to end their 7th-season run at the San Siro on Sunday nighte championship day.

Matteo Politano from the penalty spot (55e) and Joker Giovanni Simeone with a header (78e) threw a spanner in the works for the Rossoneri, who believed they had salvaged at least a point when Olivier Giroud meanwhile, after a setback from Théo Hernandez (69e).

Napoli temporarily regain the lead in Serie A, level on points with Atalanta, previously victorious at Roma (1-0), one point ahead of Udinese, surprise third after success at Inter Milan (3-1).

For Milan, the setback is the first in the league since last January, a run of 22 straight games unbeaten (16 last season, 6 this season) and marks a setback to the Rossoneri’s good start to the season.

Juve loses points again

Juventus, weighed down by the ejection of Angel Di Maria, fell into crisis when they slammed against newly promoted Monza (0-1), continued to lose ground at the top of Serie A led by Atalanta Bergamo, solidly defeated Roma (1st-1st). :0) . Udinese continued their surprising start to the season with a fifth straight win against Inter Milan (3-1), provisionally overtaking 2nde up to a point while waiting in the evening for the shock of the 7the Match day at San Siro between AC Milan (4e) and Naples (3e), last unbeaten teams with Atalanta.

Silvio Berlusconi’s Monza, red lantern before the game, signed the first win in its history in Serie A at the expense of the most successful club in the championship. Although Juventus, already in poor shape in the Champions League, are far from their standards, 8e seven points with only two wins in seven days (with four draws and one loss). If on Saturday he said he was “amused” by the hypothesis of his dismissal, Massimiliano Allegri, in the stands because he was suspended at Monza, is more upset than ever after this start to the season, even less well than that of last season.

Angel Di Maria, back in the starting XI after his muscular breakdowns, embodied the Bianconeri’s current fever: he saw red for an annoyed elbow in the ribs of an opposing defender (40th minute).e). “I want to apologize, the loss is my only fault,” he wrote on Instagram afterwards.

At ten o’clock, the Bianconeri cracked a conversion from the Dane Christian Gytkjaer (74e) and came to make amends—motionless and mute—before the turn of their disappointed tifosis. “The fans are not happy, but neither are we… There is only work to do to get out of this situation,” commented Marco Landucci, Allegri’s assistant.

The more skillful Atalanta

A lone shot on goal and a solid defense were enough for Atalanta to earn a valuable victory on Roma soil, to the chagrin of José Mourinho, who was ruled out in the second half for demanding a penalty that was too violent. The “Dea” won thanks to a precise goal from their young defender Giorgio Scalvini, 18 years old (35e).

The Giallorossi, who had put Paulo Dybala (injured during the warm-up) at a disadvantage in the last minute, threw up chances to equalize in vain. Roger Ibanez (42e) and Tammy Abraham (45e) met Marco Sportiello, who started 8the Minute to replace Juan Musso in the Bergamasque cage, who was hit in the head. Then Eldor Shomurodov missed twice (87e88e).

Less flashy than in previous seasons but also more solid (3 goals conceded), Atalanta are temporarily alone in the lead pending the results of Milan and Napoli. “We defend well, everyone is 100 percent focused, that’s a great win,” said Bergamo defender Merih Demiral on DAZN.

Inter too fragile

Inter, on the other hand, bowed to the enthusiasm of Udinese, who already beat Fiorentina (1-0) and Roma (4-0) at home. The Nerazzurri folded at the end of the game after two headers from Jaka Bijol (85e) and Tolgay Arslan (90+3e), after being saved thanks to a perfect free-kick by Nicolo Barella (5e). You are only 7arefive points behind the lead after that third defeat after Lazio (1-3) and AC Milan (2-3).

“We have already conceded nine goals in three trips, as many as in the entire first leg of last season away from home. We have to win more duels,” Simone Inzaghi complained on Sky Sport and promised to “think about this defeat”.

Lazio takes the opportunity to climb to 5th placee 1st place after a clear win on Cremonese soil (4-0), thanks to a brace from Ciro Immobile. That’s five goals, a length behind Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic at the top of the scorers’ chart.

(AFP)


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