Last night at San Siro, Ismael Bennacer’s goal in the first half gave AC Milan a slim lead over Napoli in an all-Italian Champions League quarterfinal.
Braham Diaz made an excellent break on the midway line, and the Algerian midfielder scored from the edge of the box.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was dismissed from Napoli in the second half, and Milan held them off well.
Simon Kjaer’s header off the underside of the bar denied Milan a second goal, though.
Napoli, who is participating in the Champions League for the first time, came out firing early, showing the confidence that comes with leading Serie A by 16 points.
After a shoddy clearing dropped at his feet in the first minute, Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia had their finest opportunity of the game, but his shot from eight yards out was stopped on the line.
Anguissa, a former Fulham midfielder, and Piotr Zielinski both saw shots from distance deflected over the crossbar as Napoli, the team with the most goals in the League this year, kept up the pressure.
Chelsea has a lot to do if they want to win the Champions League after falling to holders Real Madrid at the Bernabeu by a score of 2-0.
Carlo Ancelotti, the manager of Real Madrid, had the ideal start against his previous team thanks to Karim Benzema’s tap-in, his 90th goal in the competition.
Before Ben Chilwell was given a straight red card in the 59th minute for fouling Rodrygo as the Brazilian forward threatened to go clean through on goal, Real Madrid struggled to extend their lead.
Despite Chelsea’s valiant effort, Real scored what might have been the game’s second goal when Marco Asensio, a substitute, finished well after the visitors were caught off guard after a short corner.