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Milan 0-1 Napoli: Politano all but seals the Scudetto for Inter

Milan's dreams of the Scudetto appear to have all but ended after they fell to a damaging home defeat to Napoli

AC Milan's title hopes took an almost fatal blow on Sunday evening as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Napoli.

A second-half goal from Matteo Politano proved to be the difference at San Siro as Milan now fall nine points behind league leaders Inter.

The first half was a reasonably tight affair, with no clear-cut chances for either side.

Piotr Zielinski forced a save out of Gianluigi Donnarumma and also fired wide, while Rafael Leao was wasteful down the other end.

But it was Napoli who broke the deadlock just four minutes into the second half as Piotr Zielinski carved open the Milan defence and Politano slotted home with his weaker right foot.

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There were chances for both sides after Politano's goal as Fabian Ruiz, Lorenzo Insigne and Victor Osimhen threatened for Napoli, while Leao and Ante Rebic had chances for Milan.

There was a late VAR review which could have given Milan a penalty for a foul on Theo Hernandez, but the referee opted against it after watching the pitchside monitor.

In injury time, Rebic was sent off for dissent to compound Milan's misery.

Earlier in the day, Inter won 2-1 at Torino to take their winning streak to eight games.

Meanwhile, Juventus are now only one point behind second-placed Milan - with a game in hand - after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick defeated Cagliari 3-1 in Sardegna.

Napoli has won the match.
  • Red card!
    Red card for Ante Rebić.
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for Theo Hernández.
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Mário Rui.
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  • Substitute in, Tiemoué Bakayoko.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Matteo Politano.
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  • Substitute out, Diego Demme.
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    Substitute in, Jens Hauge.
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    Substitute out, Rafael Leão.
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  • Substitute in, Eljif Elmas.
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  • Substitute out, Piotr Zieliński.
    Yellow card

  • Yellow card for Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Soualiho Meïté.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Franck Kessié.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Ante Rebić.
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Brahim Díaz.
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    Substitute in, Alexis Saelemaekers.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Rade Krunić.
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    Substitute out, Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
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    Substitute out, Samu Castillejo.
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  • Substitute in, Victor Osimhen.
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  • Substitute out, Dries Mertens.

  • Assist given by Piotr Zieliński.
    GOAL!!! 0-1

  • Goal by Matteo Politano.
    Yellow card

  • Yellow card for Nikola Maksimović.