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Napoli 3-2 AC Milan: Carlo Ancelotti's side win from two goals down against his former club

Piotr Zielinski
Piotr Zielinski scored two goals in 15 minutes as Napoli came from behind to win in San Paolo

Carlo Ancelotti marked his first home game as manager of Napoli with victory against former club AC Milan in an emotional reunion at the San Paolo.

Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored two second-half goals to inspire a comeback after Milan went 2-0 up.

He pounced on a mistake from Lucas Biglia for his first before slotting home again 15 minutes later.

Striker Dries Mertens completed the comeback just after Milan's Tiemoue Bakayoko was denied from close range.

Giacomo Bonaventura's excellent volley had given Milan a half-time lead and Davide Calabria made it 2-0 with a low strike early in the second half.

Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain made his debut following his move from Juventus in the summer which saw defender Leonardo Bonucci move the opposite way.

It was the first time in almost a decade that Ancelotti had faced Milan in Serie A after spending eight years with the club as manager before joining Chelsea in 2009.

The 59-year-old, who also managed Juventus and Parma, won two European Cups during his Milan reign - and did the same as a player between 1987 and 1992.

There was a warm embrace between the two managers prior to kick off. Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso had captained the side under manager Ancelotti a decade ago.

Ancelotti marked his return to Italian football with a 2-1 win over Lazio last Saturday.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 25Ospina
  • 23Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 90mins
  • 6Mário RuiSubstituted forLupertoat 73'minutes
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forMertensat 63'minutes
  • 20ZielinskiSubstituted forDiawaraat 72'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 99Milik
  • 24InsigneBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 2Malcuit
  • 9Verdi
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 14Mertens
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Marfella
  • 27Karnezis
  • 30Rog
  • 42Diawara

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 2Calabria
  • 22Musacchio
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 68RodríguezBooked at 66mins
  • 79Kessié
  • 21BigliaSubstituted forBakayokoat 58'minutes
  • 5BonaventuraSubstituted forCutroneat 81'minutes
  • 8Fernández SaezBooked at 30mins
  • 9Higuaín
  • 11BoriniSubstituted forLaxaltat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mauri
  • 7Castillejo Azuaga
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 16Bertolacci
  • 20Abate
  • 25Reina
  • 33Caldara
  • 56Simic
  • 63Cutrone
  • 77Halilovic
  • 90Donnarumma
  • 93Laxalt
Referee:
Paolo Valeri
Attendance:
34,474

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 3, Milan 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Milan 2.

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Booking

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Foul by Mateo Musacchio (Milan).

Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Allan (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Diego Laxalt.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Allan.

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Hand ball by Franck Kessié (Milan).

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

Foul by Allan (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Patrick Cutrone replaces Giacomo Bonaventura.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 3, Milan 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Allan.

Attempt blocked. Allan (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arkadiusz Milik.

Franck Kessié (Milan).

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

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

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Attempt missed. Tiemoué Bakayoko (Milan) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by José Callejón.

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

Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli).

Offside, Napoli. Amadou Diawara tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Sebastiano Luperto replaces Mário Rui.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Amadou Diawara replaces Piotr Zielinski.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Diego Laxalt replaces Fabio Borini.

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Milan) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Milan 2. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

Booking

Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Marek Hamsik.

Attempt missed. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by José Callejón.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus22005236
2Napoli22005326
3Atalanta11004043
4Empoli11002023
5Roma11001013
6SPAL11001013
7Sassuolo11001013
8Parma10102201
9Udinese10102201
10Fiorentina00000000
11Genoa00000000
12Sampdoria00000000
13Chievo100123-10
14AC Milan100123-10
15Bologna100101-10
16Inter Milan100101-10
17Torino100101-10
18Cagliari100102-20
19Frosinone100104-40
20Lazio200214-30
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