Adel Taarabt scored on his AC Milan debut but ended up on the losing side as Napoli came from behind to win.

Taarabt, on loan from QPR, ran from inside his own half before curling a low shot into the net from 20 yards on seven minutes.

The hosts levelled four minutes later when Gokhan Inler fired a deflected 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Gonzalo Higuain headed in after the break before sealing the win from six yards late on.

AC Milan, who were unbeaten in the league under new boss Clarence Seedorf, gave debuts to Morocco midfielder Taarabt and former Chelsea defender Michael Essien.

Taarabt on top

Taarabt was named Championship player of the year in 2010-11 in QPR's title-winning season

Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri last month after a poor start to their Serie A campaign.

But for much of the game it was Napoli, third in Serie A, who dominated as they look to secure a top-three finish and Champions League qualification for next season.

It was the perfect start for Taarabt though, who scored only his second goal of the season when he drove through Milan's midfield before curling a precise low finish into the net.

His previous goal this campaign came in a 2-2 League Cup draw at Burton while on loan at Fulham.

Mario Balotelli

The Rossoneri were not ahead for long as Inler's shot deflected off Nigel de Jong's shin and into the top corner.

Higuain then had a goal ruled out for offside before Christian Maggio hit the post as AC Milan held on until half-time.

Argentina striker Higuain gave the hosts the lead as he glanced home Inler's left-wing cross and the points were sealed late on as he converted Jose Callejon's low cross.

It proved a frustrating night for Milan striker Mario Balotelli, who appeared to be in tears on the substitutes bench after being withdrawn.

Napoli will face Premier League Swansea in the last 32 of the Europa League on 20 February, while Milan entertain Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League on 19 February.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Napoli

  • 25 Reina
  • 11 Maggio
  • 31 Ghoulam
  • 88 Inler Booked (Dzemaili - 89' )
  • 21 Fernández
  • 33 Albiol
  • 14 Mertens
  • 08 Frello Filho Booked
  • 09 Higuaín
  • 17 Hamsik (Behrami - 83' )
  • 24 Insigne (Callejón - 78' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Barbosa
  • 03 Uvini
  • 04 Henrique
  • 05 Britos
  • 07 Callejón
  • 13 Bariti
  • 15 Colombo
  • 19 Pandev
  • 20 Dzemaili
  • 22 Radosevic
  • 85 Behrami
  • 91 Zapata

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati Booked
  • 02 De Sciglio
  • 28 Emanuelson (Montolivo - 70' )
  • 34 de Jong
  • 13 Rami
  • 05 Mexes
  • 20 Abate
  • 15 Essien
  • 45 Balotelli (Pazzini - 73' )
  • 07 Robinho (Kaká - 45' )
  • 23 Taarabt Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Amelia
  • 04 Muntari
  • 08 Saponara
  • 11 Pazzini
  • 16 Poli
  • 18 Montolivo
  • 21 Constant
  • 22 Kaká
  • 26 Silvestre
  • 37 Petagna
  • 59 Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 81 Zaccardo
Ref: Davide Massa

Match Stats

Shots

27 8

On target

14 6

Corners

5 0

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Napoli 3, Milan 1.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Milan 1.

89:37

Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

89:37

Federico Fernández (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:54

Attempt saved. Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

88:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Blerim Dzemaili replaces Gökhan Inler.

87:23

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:23

Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

86:04 Booking

Booking José Callejón (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:01

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

86:01

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:13

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

84:13

Michael Essien (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:33

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:33

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

82:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. Valon Behrami replaces Marek Hamsik.

81:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Napoli 3, Milan 1. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Callejón.

80:12

Attempt saved. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo with a through ball.

77:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Napoli. José Callejón replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

76:35

Offside, Milan. Kaká tries a through ball, but Giampaolo Pazzini is caught offside.

75:54

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

73:15

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:15

Foul by Philippe Mexes (Milan).

72:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Mario Balotelli.

72:15

Attempt missed. Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

71:41

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:41

Foul by Adil Rami (Milan).

69:57

Attempt saved. Adel Taarabt (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

69:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Riccardo Montolivo replaces Urby Emanuelson.

68:51

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:51

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

68:26

Attempt missed. Gökhan Inler (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

68:22

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

67:37 Booking

Booking Jorginho Frello (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:33

Foul by Jorginho Frello (Napoli).

67:33

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:25

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jorginho Frello with a through ball.

63:29

Jorginho Frello (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:29

Foul by Michael Essien (Milan).

62:56

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli).

62:56

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:46

Attempt saved. Michael Essien (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:53

Offside, Milan. Philippe Mexes tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

60:33

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

59:33

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

58:36

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Raúl Albiol with a headed pass.

55:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Napoli 2, Milan 1. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gökhan Inler with a through ball.

53:59

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Adil Rami.

53:15 Booking

Booking Adel Taarabt (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

53:13

(Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:13

Foul by Adel Taarabt (Milan).

52:43

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

52:03

Attempt saved. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

49:46

Attempt missed. Adel Taarabt (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson.

48:23

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:23

Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Milan).

47:43

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

47:43

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:02

Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam with a cross.

45:26

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mattia De Sciglio.

45:00

Second Half begins Napoli 1, Milan 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Kaká replaces Robinho.

45:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Napoli 1, Milan 1.

44:18

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

44:12

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:50

Foul by Ignazio Abate (Milan).

43:50

Jorginho Frello (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:57

Attempt saved. Christian Maggio (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

42:16

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

42:16

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:15

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross.

40:57

Christian Maggio (Napoli) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a cross.

38:16

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

37:21 Booking

Booking Gökhan Inler (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:14

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:14

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

36:33

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

36:33

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:54

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jorginho Frello.

35:06

Offside, Milan. Adil Rami tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

34:11

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jorginho Frello.

32:09

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:09

Foul by Jorginho Frello (Napoli).

30:11

Attempt saved. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gökhan Inler.

28:29

Foul by Michael Essien (Milan).

28:29

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:37

Offside, Napoli. Jorginho Frello tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

25:49

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

25:49

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:34

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:34

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

23:01

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:29 Booking

Booking Christian Abbiati (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:26

Foul by Christian Abbiati (Milan).

21:26

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:45

Michael Essien (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:45

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

18:26

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

15:54

Foul by Robinho (Milan).

15:54

Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:29

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Essien.

14:21

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens following a fast break.

12:59

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:59

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

12:22

Attempt saved. Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Essien.

10:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Napoli 1, Milan 1. Gökhan Inler (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jorginho Frello.

9:08

Offside, Milan. Robinho tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

8:52

Foul by Adel Taarabt (Milan).

8:52

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:10

Attempt saved. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Federico Fernández.

6:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Napoli 0, Milan 1. Adel Taarabt (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

2:28

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

2:01

Offside, Milan. Ignazio Abate tries a through ball, but Robinho is caught offside.

1:39

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

0:37

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marek Hamsik with a headed pass.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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