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SERIE A

Giroud sends Milan to the Serie A summit

Olivier Giroud's second-half goal sent AC Milan back to the top of Serie A as they battled to a 1-0 win away at Napoli on Sunday.

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Soccer Football - Serie A - Napoli v AC Milan - Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy - March 6, 2022 AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Olivier Giroud's second-half goal sent AC Milan back to the top of Serie A as they battled to a 1-0 win away at Napoli on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

AC Milan's French forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between SSC Napoli and Milan AC at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples on March 6, 2022. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)
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AC Milan's French forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between SSC Napoli and Milan AC at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples on March 6, 2022. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)TIZIANA FABIAFP

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 seal the victory.

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

Substitutions

Eljif Elmas (66', Lorenzo Insigne), Adam Ounas (66', Matteo Politano), Rade Krunic (66', Sandro Tonali), Ante Rebic (67', Olivier Giroud), Dries Mertens (75', Fabián Ruiz), Alexis Saelemaekers (79', Junior Messias), Alessandro Florenzi (79', Davide Calabria), André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (81', Piotr Zielinski), Hirving Lozano (81', Stanislav Lobotka), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (89', Rafael Leão)

Goals

0-1, 48': Giroud

Cards

Referee: Daniele Orsato
VAR Referee: Paolo Valeri, Mauro Vivenzi
Pioli (7',Yellow) Koulibaly (23',Yellow) Rrahmani (36',Yellow) Giroud (38',Yellow) Theo Hernández (76',Yellow) Victor Osimhen (76',Yellow) Mike Maignan (82',Yellow) Adam Ounas (91',Yellow) Florenzi (92',Yellow)

Table
Table Pts. P W D L
1 60 28 18 6 4
2 58 27 17 7 3
3 57 28 17 6 5
4 53 28 15 8 5
5 47 27 13 8 6
Table Pts. P W D L
1 60 28 18 6 4
2 58 27 17 7 3
3 57 28 17 6 5
4 53 28 15 8 5
5 47 27 13 8 6
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