Napoli 2-2 AC Milan: Kessie's penalty saves Donnarumma's blushes

Napoli 2-2 AC Milan: Franck Kessie’s late penalty saves Gianluigi Donnarumma’s blushes after Milan keeper makes two mistakes as Gennaro Gattuso has to settle for a point against his old club

  • AC Milan took the lead with Theo Hernandez’s volley after 20 minutes
  • But Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to stop Lorenzo Insigne’s free-kick soon after
  • Dries Mertens put Napoli in front with a shot that squirmed under Donnarumma
  • Milan midfielder Franck Kessie equalised from the penalty spot to save a point 
  • Milan played the final minutes with ten men after Alexis Saelemaekers’s red card

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie scored from a penalty to give AC Milan a 2-2 draw away to Napoli in Serie A on Sunday, sparing the blushes of his goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma whose mistakes provided the hosts with both their goals.

Milan stay unbeaten since the restart of the Italian campaign and on course for a place in the Europa League next season after an entertaining game which saw Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso face his old club on the touchline for the first time.

As usual Gattuso, who spent 12 years as a player and one-and-a-half seasons as coach as Milan, fired up his players with constant shouting which echoed around the deserted San Paolo Stadium. 

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie equalised late on as the visitors claimed a point at Napoli

Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two mistakes which led to goals for the hosts

The result kept Napoli sixth with 52 points with Milan two below them in seventh, which will be enough for a Europa League place provided Napoli – who have already qualified as Coppa Italia winners – finish in the top six.

‘It’s the first time I’ve faced Milan and I felt so many emotions,’ said Gattuso, who was also annoyed with his own players.

‘I have to get angry with my players, because when we create so much, we have to stick it in the net and instead we struggle.’

Donnarumma started well as he made good saves from Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon while Lorenzo Insigne saw a deflected shot hit the post in early Napoli dominance.

Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso admitted he was angry at his players for not converting chances

But it was Milan who struck with their first real attack as Theo Hernandez volleyed in Ante Rebic’s cross at the far post in he 20th minute.

They led for only 14 minutes before an uncharacteristic mistake by Donnarumma, who failed to hold Insigne’s free kick and the ball ran loose for Di Lorenzo to tap into an empty net.

Napoli went ahead on the hour when Callejon pulled the ball back for Mertens who struck a weak shot towards goal which took a slight deflection and squirmed under Donnarumma.

Dries Mertens scored Napoli’s second of the game but the hosts couldn’t see the game out

Milan levelled in the 73rd minute as Giacomo Bonaventura went down under a challenge from Nikola Maksimovic.

The referee ignored Napoli demands to review the incident on the pitchside monitor and Kessie sent David Ospina the wrong way from the spot.

AC Milan played the last few minutes with 10 men after Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off after being booked twice in three minutes.

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