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AC Milan are exciting to watch again. After a season of turgid, functional and, at times, outright defensive football under the auspices of Sinisa Mihajlovic, Milanisti are becoming reacquainted with the edges of their seats.
Unfortunately, much of the excitement has less to do with the quality of the team’s play than the sheer uncertainty over what might happen next, as was the case during the Rossoneri's 4-2 away defeat to Napoli on Saturday night.
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After a promising beginning, which saw Ignazio Abate blaze over the bar from close range following an M’Baye Niang cross, Milan found themselves 1-0 down on 18 minutes. Arkadiusz Milik, signed by Napoli this summer, scuffed home a rebound after Dries Mertens’ shot had hit the post.
The Polish forward doubled his tally later in the first half, rising to head home from a simple curled corner. Gianluigi Donnarumma, who had pulled off some good saves, could do nothing but gaze wistfully at the ball as it angled its way into the top-right corner of his net.
But Milan pulled themselves level within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
First, Niang went beyond Elseid Hysaj before driving a left-footed strike underneath Pepe Reina in the 51st minute. And four minutes later, Suso blasted in a stunning effort with little backlift from outside of the penalty area to equalise.
Goooolllazzooooo!!!!!! #Suso with an absolute missile!!! 2-2 | 55' #NapoliMilan