AC Milan, held in check, is left behind by Napoli

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AC Milan, held in check, is left behind by Napoli

Whereas earlier in the day, the leader, Naples, signed a 10th victory in a row, AC Milan was again hampered in the race for Calcio. They drew (0-0) Tuesday night on the ground of Cremonese and are now pushed back to eight points of the leader of the Championship.

The game: 0-0

Faced with a Cremonese team which has changed 8 players in its starting lineup compared to last weekend, the Milanese (who also had absentees, in particular their suspended Frenchmen Olivier Giroud and Théo Hernandez) did not begin to provide opportunities only after about twenty minutes. But once launched, the opportunities multiplied. So much so that the locals only owed the parity score at half-time to the great performance of their goalkeeper, Marco Carnesecchi, who pulled off fine saves to silence Origi (26th), Thiaw (36th) and Messias ( 40th). They also owed it to a lack of efficiency from the Milanese who largely dominated but could not conclude (Diaz (22nd), Rebic (25th)).

Returning from the locker room, Origi saw his goal (56th) disallowed for offside. As time began to play against them, the Rossoneri, forced to win if they weren’t to fall further behind in the Calcio race, brought in their wisp Rafael Leao. It was from his center, not deflected, that the opener almost came (68th). But the opposing doorman was still watching. At the end of the game, Cremonese was more dangerous and the Milanese were annoyed like Leao. The score did not change, even if the defending champions believed they had obtained a penalty (90 + 1st) on a collision in the area.

The player: Marco Carnesecchi saved his people

His parades (26th, 36th, 40th, 68th, 72nd) kept his people in the game in the first period. Without his saves, Cremonese would have been fired at the break one or even two goals down and probably wouldn’t have been able to get back into the game in the second half. He allows his team to hang the defending champions and offers him the point of the draw, crucial in the race to maintain.

With this draw, the Milanese are left behind by Naples from which they are now eight lengths apart. For its part, the Cremonese does not take off from 18th place and has still not won a single match after 14 days. AC Milan will host Fiorentina on Sunday (6 p.m.) for the last match of the year, before the World Cup. Cremonese will go to the lawn of Empoli (Friday 8:45 p.m.).

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