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AC Milan's 1-0 Serie A win piles pressure on Juventus

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AC Milan piled the pressure on second-placed Juventus with their first Serie A victory over Napoli at San Siro in almost a decade.

Theo Hernandez's first-half strike was enough to give Milan a 1-0 win over the defending champions on Sunday (Monday AEDT) and move to within a point of Juventus.

The Bianconeri, who lost 1-0 at league leaders Inter Milan last weekend, host relegation-threatened Udinese on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).

Inter won 4-2 at Roma on Saturday to open up a seven-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Napoli remained seventh and slipped seven points below fourth-placed Atalanta.

Milan hadn't beaten Napoli in the league at home since 2014, although they had earned victories in the Italian Cup and last year in the Champions League.

Star Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was given a new and liberating role by Walter Mazzarri and that almost had an immediate impact as he dribbled down the right before crossing for Giovanni Simeone, but he fired just past the right post.

Milan took the lead in the 22nd minute when Olivier Giroud spread the ball to Rafael Leao on the left and he played a delightful through ball for Hernandez to run on to and fire into the near bottom corner.

The Rossoneri went close to doubling their lead immediately after the interval, but Napoli goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini parried Alessandro Florenzi's strike and then managed to reach over and grab the loose ball before Giroud could pounce.

Leao almost got on the scoresheet himself - for the first time in the league since September - as he cut inside his defender, only to curl the effort just past the right post.

It was end-to-end action at San Siro and Napoli almost equalised late on when Jesper Lindstrom's cross was deflected on to the left upright by Milan defender Jan-Carlo Simic.

Goalkeeper Mike Maignan then produced a fantastic save to push Matteo Politano's effort over the bar.

Charles De Ketelaere scored a stunning goal to set Atalanta on the way to a 4-1 victory over Genoa.

The build-up was also excellent before De Ketelaere controlled Mario Pasalic's pass on his right foot and, barely even looking at the goal, swivelled to volley into the far top corner with his left to open the scoring in the 22nd minute.

It was De Ketelaere's eighth goal in his past 10 matches. He didn't score at all for Milan last season and was loaned to Atalanta in the summer.

The next two goals were also impressive. Former Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi levelled shortly after the break with a powerful effort after a one-two with Milan Badelj.

Teun Koopmeiners restored Atalanta's lead just four minutes later when he curled a free kick into the right side of the net.

Atalanta had seen a chaotic goal ruled out for offside following a VAR check lasting more than seven minutes.

Former Genoa defender Davide Zappacosta and El Bilal Toure scored in the 10th and 13th minutes of second-half stoppage time.

Atalanta are three points above Bologna, who moved into fifth with a 4-0 victory over Lecce.

Fiorentina are two points further back after thrashing Frosinone 5-1.

Hellas Verona remained in the relegation zone after drawing 0-0 at Monza.