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Kim Min-jae’s absence Napoli was eliminated in the UCL quarterfinals… AC Milan 1-2 on aggregate in 1st and 2nd leg

Napoli, an Italian professional soccer team that Min-jae “The Wall” missed due to accumulated warnings, was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) by AC Milan.

Napoli drew 1-1 with AC Milan in the second leg of the UCL quarterfinals of the 2022-2023 season held at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Anbang on the 19th (Korean time). As can be seen from 74%-26% of possession, 23-6 shots, and 16-1 corner kicks, they were busy aiming for the opponent’s goal, but as the number of effective shots 4-4 showed, they lacked sharpness.

Napoli, who lost 0-1 in the first leg of the away game, failed to advance to the semifinals after losing 1-2 on aggregate in the first and second leg.

Napoli reached the UCL quarterfinals for the first time in the club’s history, but was blocked by AC Milan and could not go higher. On the other hand, AC Milan enjoyed the joy of reaching the UCL semifinals for the first time in six years since 2007. Milan is a prestigious club that has won the UCL champion seven times in its career, and the last championship was in the 2006-07 season.

Kim Min-jae, the core of Napoli’s defense, was unable to play in the second game due to the accumulation of warnings after receiving his third yellow card in the tournament for violently protesting against the referee’s decision in the first game. Midfielder Jambo Anguisa was also sent off in the first game and was unable to play in the second game, so Napoli could not play the second game at its best. However, striker Victor Osimen escaped from an injury and scored a goal in the second match.

It was a fierce push and push match.

Napoli got out of a big crisis in the 22nd minute of the first half. Goalkeeper Alex Meret saved Olivier Giroud’s penalty.

However, in the 43rd minute of the first half, they eventually gave up the opening goal. Giroud shook the net with a left-footed shot after Leão dug deep into the left side of the Napoli camp and conceded a cutback.

Napoli was awarded a penalty in the 36th minute of the second half due to a handball foul, but kicker Hvica Kvarachhelia’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Mike Menan and driven to the cliff.

With 4 minutes of extra time given,스포츠토토 Napoli equalized in the 48th minute of the second half, about a minute after the end, when Victor Osimen finished off Jaco Raspadori’s cross with a header. But time was running out for Napoli, who needed one more goal.

Napoli was eliminated with 1 draw and 1 loss. In Serie A, Napoli is ahead of AC Milan by 22 points, but at the crucial moment, it was not working. Napoli have been pushed back with 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 3 encounters with AC Milan. Among them, there is a 0-4 rout in the league home game.


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