Milan wins in Rome and keeps pace with Napoli
AC Milan and Napoli have a total of 31 points and are in the lead, far ahead of AS Roma.
Insatiable, Naples and AC Milan won on Sunday on opposing ground, in Salerno (1-0) and Rome (2-1), their tenth victory of the season, and continue their neck and neck at the top of the Championship. Italy at the end of the 11th day. Naples, winner on the ground of his neighbor and promoted from Salernitana, however occupies the goal difference (+20 against +15) the leader’s chair in front of Milan, who won at the Olympic Stadium against La Roma in the evening , with a great Zlatan Ibrahimovic, author of his 150th goal in Serie A.
The two leading teams (31 pts, 10 wins, 1 draw), the only ones still undefeated in Serie A this season, keep seven points ahead of their immediate pursuer, Inter, reigning champion who dominated at home the Udinese (2-0) at the start of the afternoon with a double from his Argentinian Joaquin Correa. After this setback, their fourth of the season, Roma remain in fourth place with 19 points, joined by Atalanta (5th), who drew (2-2) at home against Lazio Rome (6th, 18 pts) Saturday.
In Salerno, Naples scored by their Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, after a confused action in front of the goal of the Slovenian goalkeeper Vid Belec (61st). Events then got a little excited with two exclusions in seven minutes, that of Cypriot Grigoris Kastanos on the Salernitana side for a delayed tackle on the right ankle of Cameroonian Franck Zambo Anguissa (70th), then that of the other Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly for a foul on the Nigerian Simy. Two exclusions that occurred after viewing the VAR.
The free kick at the edge of the penalty area which followed this second exclusion was fired by veteran Franck Ribéry, promoted to captain, but the Frenchman’s shot, who seemed to accuse the weight of his 38 years, was deflected by Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who came to his goal line to cover the right side of the goal guarded by Colombian David Ospina. La Salernitana remains in bad shape in 19th place. Napoli played without their attackers Lorenzo Insigne, substitute, and Victor Osimhen, injured.
Zlatan always on top
In Rome, another veteran, 40-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was clearly more to his advantage at the forefront of AC Milan’s attack with high-class gestures. The Swedish giant first opened the scoring with a direct free kick in force at ground level (26th), then was at the origin of the second goal, scored from the penalty spot by the Ivorian Franck Kessié (57th). « Every now and then I try something surprising!Ibrahimovic commented on DAZN about his free kick. « We must always try because failure is part of success. So we keep trying« . His shot was mileage at 101 km / h: « Normally it goes faster, at least 200! But at my old age my shooting must have slowed downHe joked again.
In the wake of this blow to the head of the Romans and their coach Jose Mourinho, untenable on the edge of the sidelines, Olivier Giroud came into play in place of Ibrahimovic. Nine minutes later, Theo Hernandez was excluded for a foul on Lorenzo Pellegrini which earned him a second yellow card and therefore the red which will deprive him of the derby against Inter next Sunday (66). Roma therefore sieged the goal of Ciprian Tatarusanu, even reducing the mark by Stephan El Shaarawy in added time (90 + 3). AC Milan are now seven in a row in the league. The day will end on Monday (8.45 p.m.) with the Bologna-Cagliari meeting.