‘There was a huge gap’ ‘Iron pillar’ Kim Min-jae missed Naples again, conceded in Leão’s counterattack + Osimen belated equalizer! UCL Quarterfinal Frustration, Giroud First Goal + Maenang PK Show! AC Milan 1st & 2nd round total 2-1 Progress to the semifinals after 16 years
Napoli (Italy) was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the European Champions League, where ‘Iron Pillar’ Min-jae Kim (27, Napoli) missed due to accumulated warnings. AC Milan, like the natural enemy, reached the quarterfinals. Opponent Giroud conceded a goal, and Osimen (Napoli) scored an equalizer at the last minute, but there was not enough time for an additional goal. Milan goalkeeper Maenang blocked Hvica’s PK.
Napoli drew 1-1 in the second leg of 안전놀이터the quarterfinals of the European Champions League against AC Milan at Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy on the 19th (Korean time). However, Napoli lost the first leg 0-1. In the aggregate of the 1st and 2nd leg, Milan led 2-1. Milan reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 16 years since 2007. Napoli’s European Champions League journey this season ended here. Milan will face the winner of the Inter Milan-Benfica match in the semifinals. On this day, last year’s champion Real Madrid also defeated Chelsea to join the semifinals.In the 5th minute of the first half, Napoli’s free kick went wide of Milan’s goal. Napoli took the lead in the attack early in the game. With a high ball possession rate, he dug into the left and right flanks. Napoli came out with a 4-3-3 model. Hvica-Osimen-Politano in the front, Zielinski-Robotka-Ndombele in the middle, Mario Hui-Jejus-Rahmani-DiLorenzo in the back four, and goalkeeper Meret. In place of Kim Min-jae, who missed due to accumulated warnings, Jejus started. Osimen returned to the starting lineup after a long time. Ndombele took the place of Angisa, who was sent off in the first match.
Milan blocked Napoli, who pushed up early in the game, with a tight defense. Milan launched a quick counterattack after defending. Recently, Milan has always responded like this against Napoli. Milan faced off with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Giroud played in the front line, Leans-Benasser-Díaz in the back line, Tonali-Krunic as a defensive midfielder, Theo Hernandez-Tomori-Kyer-Calabria in the four-back, and Maenang as goalkeeper.
Milan had a chance to take a penalty in the 21st minute of the first half, but failed to score. Leão ran in and was tripped by Napoli Hui. The referee took a PK, and Girou, who started as the kicker, missed. Meret accurately read the direction of the kick and dived to block it. Napoli passed the fatal crisis.
In the 26th minute of the first half, Napoli’s decisive shot from Zielinski went straight to the opposing goalkeeper. In the 27th minute of the first half, Milan Giroud’s decisive shot was blocked by Napoli’s goalkeeper Meret’s super save. They overcame the crisis of losing points one time at a time.
Napoli introduced both Rossano and Olivera as jokers in the 33rd minute of the first half. Instead, Hui and Politano are out with injuries. Two replacement cards were played by Napoli first.
Milan scored the first goal (1-0) with a counterattack in the 43rd minute. After Leang’s fantastic dribble breakthrough, he connected a pass to Giroud. Giroud kicked lightly into the empty goal post. The Napoli defenders collapsed helplessly under Leão’s quick and fluid breakthrough. The first half ended with Milan leading 1-0. Napoli, which had been overpowered, became desperate.In the first minute of the second half, Napoli’s powerful right-footed shot missed Milan’s goal. The situation at the beginning of the second half was no different from the first half. Napoli, drawn 0-1, led the attack. Milan gave priority to defense with the entire line down. Napoli did not give up space in the middle. I tried not to give Osimen a shooting chance. After taking the ball, Milan aimed for space behind Napoli’s defense with a quick counterattack using Le Ang. The defense line without Kim Min-jae struggled with the speed of Leang, who had outstanding athletic ability. In the 12th minute of the second half of the second half, Hvica’s left-footed shot that broke the side of Napoli missed Milan’s goal.
Milan put Messias as a joker in the 14th minute of the second half. Napoli replaced Ndombele in the 18th minute of the second half with Elmas. Napoli’s impatient attack development lacked sophistication. Milan’s sophisticated defensive balance was seldom broken. In the 23rd minute of the second half, Giroud was removed and Origi was substituted. In the 29th minute of the second half, Napoli introduced striker Laspadori and defender Ostigor as jokers.
Napoli had a PK chance in the 35th minute of the second half, but it was unsuccessful. Hvica’s kick as a kicker was fantastically blocked by Maenang. He accurately read the direction of Hvitsa’s kick and dived. In fact, the game ended here.
Milan replaced Leang in the 38th minute of the second half and put in Salemacus. Napoli launched a wave of offensive attacks, and Osimen scored a dramatic equalizer (1-1) with a header in extra time in the second half. But there was not enough time to score an extra goal. Napoli drew 1-1 with Milan. The Napoli players, who were one goal short, had no choice but to bow their heads. Hvica, who missed the PK, shed tears of regret.
European statistics site WhoScored.com gave Milan Leang 8.0 points, Maenang 7.9 points and Giroud 7.3 points. Napoli Osimen scored 7.5 points and Hvica scored 8.2 points.
The British BBC said, ‘(Naples) is too late. Milan have reached the quarter-finals of the European Champions League for the first time since 2007. “Napoli should focus on winning Serie A.”
Napoli goalkeeper Meret told DAZN after the game: “We played very well today. We created a lot of chances. We wanted to go higher, but we didn’t. Our great season is not over yet.” Giroud (Milan), who scored the opening goal, said in an interview after the match, “I was in a bad mood because I missed the PK. It was very disappointing. Opponent goalkeeper Meret blocked it well. I did not give up and Leão created a good chance. It was fantastic.” Milan winger Leão told Mediaset after the game: “I made the difference. I didn’t score, but my team-mates did. I’m happy. I can’t say anything. We had a good season last year, winning the league. I want to show that again this year in the Champions League.”
“We were considered the ‘underdog’ against Napoli,” said coach Milan Pioli, who advanced to the semifinals against Napoli. is waiting. I will work harder and I don’t want to stop.” “Congratulations to Milan. We did well in the Champions League, but our lack of experience was revealed,” said Spalletti, coach of Napoli, who unfortunately did not reach the semi-finals.
In another European Champions League quarter-final second leg match that day, Real Madrid beat Chelsea 2-0 with Rodrigo’s multi-goal to advance to the semi-finals. In the aggregate of the 1st and 2nd leg, Real Madrid took a huge lead 4-0.
As of the 19th, according to the statistics website FiveThirty8, Man City has the highest chance of winning at 47%. It is followed by Real Madrid (25%), Inter Milan (13%), AC Milan (11%), Bayern Munich (2%) and Benfica (2%). AC Milan’s chances of reaching the final are 44% and Real Madrid’s chances of reaching the final are 36%. Now, only the second leg of the quarterfinals between Man City-Bayern Munich and Inter Milan-Benfica remain. Manchester City are in an advantageous situation with a 3-0 win in the first leg. Inter Milan won 2-0 in the first leg against Benfica. The winner of the Manchester City-Munich match will face Real Madrid in the semifinals.