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Gattuso's Napoli Draws 2-2 against AC Milan

Gattuso's Napoli Draws 2-2 against AC Milan

Monday, 13 July, 2020 - 08:00
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso’s first-ever match against AC Milan ended in a 2-2 draw in Serie A on Sunday. (Getty Images)
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Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso’s first-ever match against AC Milan ended in a 2-2 draw in Serie A on Sunday.


Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Dries Mertens scored for Napoli to cancel out Theo Hernández’s opener but Franck Kessié leveled from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time.


Napoli remained sixth in the Italian league, two points above Milan.


Gattuso had both played for and coached Milan but had never faced the Rossoneri since leaving by mutual consent at the end of last season.


There was a touching moment before the match when Gattuso embraced Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who he played with at Milan for 10 years.


“There are so many emotions, because it’s the first time I faced the team that made me become a man and made me win so much,” Gattuso said.


“But I’m angry tonight with my players, because when you create seven to eight chances you need to score. It’s not just a problem with the forwards, we easily get to within 18-20 meters of the goal, but we still make so many mistakes and we need to improve.”


Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off two superb saves before his side went ahead against the run of play in the 20th with Hernández volleying in Ante Rebić’s cross.


Napoli leveled 14 minutes later when Donnarumma could only parry Lorenzo Insigne’s free kick into the path of Di Lorenzo, who tapped in the rebound.


And the hosts went ahead on the hour mark as José Callejón pulled the ball back for Mertens whose effort squirmed under Donnarumma at his near post.


Milan had not lost since the restart and leveled when Giacomo Bonaventura was tripped in the box by Nikola Maksimović and Kessié converted the resulting penalty.


Milan played the final few minutes with 10 men after midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off following two bookings in three minutes.


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