Victory means that Stefano Pioli’s table-toppers now have 60 points, two ahead of city rivals and reigning champions Inter — who have played a game fewer — and three more than Napoli in third.
An important victory from a hotly contested match ✌️Una vittoria combattuta e meritata dopo una grande battaglia… https://t.co/iwgS51c9rB
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The triumph was Pioli’s first in 12 attempts over opposite number Luciano Spalletti, as Milan look to win a first Scudetto since 2011.
However, the 56-year-old Pioli insisted his side are underdogs despite leading the pack.
“They’re three important points for the league position. The boys worked a lot without the ball, as a unit,” Pioli told DAZN.
The man for the big occasion 💪🇫🇷#NapoliMilan 0-1 #SempreMilan https://t.co/sg3kycuRyO
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“It’s hard to talk about the league table as not everyone has played the same amount of games. I’d say Inter are favourites for the title given their team, and the fact they’re around the top. We just need to focus on getting as many points as we can.”
Chances were few and far between in a nervous encounter, with the hosts only managing two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Let’s goooo! 👊#NapoliMilan #SempreMilan https://t.co/7LgYcUpyJD
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After a low-key first-half in which neither side really threatened, Giroud netted the only goal of the game as he turned in Davide Calabria’s cross-shot four minutes after the break.
Adam Ounas curled one wide for Napoli and Hirving Lozano dragged an effort wide late on as they tried in vain to find an equaliser.
What a night, what a win! ❤️🖤#NapoliMilan #SempreMilan https://t.co/uzVuIMaCkK
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Theo Hernandez and Alexis Saelemaekers were denied by smart saves from Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina on the counter in the closing stages as they sought to double their advantage.
Earlier on Sunday Juventus strengthened their place in the top four as Alvaro Morata’s first Serie A goal since December earned them a 1-0 victory over Spezia.