Milan wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead in Serie A after falling shockingly at home to Spezia 1-2 on Monday at the end of the 22nd stage.
Napoli, on the other hand, took full advantage of Milan’s fall this week to narrow the gap after beating hosts Bologna 2-0. Milan remained in second place with 48 points, two points below Inter in top spot and titleholder, who fell into the trap of a negative draw against Atalanta on Sunday, knowing that “Nerazzurri” has a less game, while Napoli increased their tally to 46 points late in the third place. Spezia finished 14th with 22 points.
In the first game, Rossoneri entered the San Siro stadium with a great chance to snatch the lead from his neighbor after they draw against Atalanta, which would have allowed the men of coach Stefano Pioli to snatch the lead even temporarily, considering that Inter have a game postponed from the 20th stage.
After Rafael Leao scored the goal for the holders (45+1) two minutes after Frenchman Teo Hernandez wasted a penalty, Colombian substitute Kevin Agudelo equalized in the second half (64) before Ghanaian Emmanuel Gyasi shattered Milan’s dreams of going out even with a point with a deadly goal (90+6). All indications were that Milan would emerge victorious, as they face off at home and have won the last three matches. Coach Pioli made only one change from the previous match, which ended with a 3-0 win over Venezia, with Bosnian Rade Krunic replacing the suspended Sandro Tonali, while veteran Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued to lead the attack.