AC Milan advances to Champions League semi finals after victory over Napoli

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AC Milan advances to Champions League semi finals after victory over Napoli
AC Milan players celebrate before the crowd at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second against Napoli on Tuesday at the Diego Maradona stadium in Naples. (AFP)

AC Milan is experiencing a resurgence in European football. Bedore, the team experienced a tumultuous period marked by Silvio Berlusconi’s departure as owner and financial problems. 

Last season’s Serie A champions and this season’s Champions League semi-finalists reached the last four of the face-offs by holding Napoli to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s amazing performance in the first half. 

Goalkeeper Mike Maignan denied a late penalty from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Napoli’s standout winger. At the same time, Giroud also had a penalty kick saved before scoring. Milan beat the runaway Serie A leader 1-0 in the first leg, advancing on a 2-1 aggregate score.

 “Everyone thought we were the underdogs, but we have a lot of heart, we put everything into this,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli commenting after the match. Milan’s semi-final opponent will be either city rival Inter Milan or Benfica. Football fans are waiting for some amazing face-offs between the competitive teams. 

Inter leads the Portuguese club 2-0 entering the second leg at the San Siro on Wednesday. In the night’s other match-up, Real Madrid eliminated Chelsea.

 Meanwhile, Napoli can now focus on closing out its first Serie A title in more than 30 years, since Diego Maradona led the southern club to its only two Italian league championships in 1987 and 1990.