Ismaël Bennacer's goal before half-time was enough to give the Rossoneri victory over Napoli in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. At San Siro, Coach Pioli's side showed a great show of character, intensity and nouse, fighting for every ball for the whole 90 minutes, and leaving the field of play at the final whistle to a deserved round of applause from the home fans. The 1-0 win gives AC Milan a slender advantage going into the second leg, set to be played in under a week's time at Maradona. Here are the stats and curious facts to come out of the game:
1- AC Milan are unbeaten in each of their six Champions League games against Italian opponents (W3, D3), keeping five clean sheets in the process.
2- Ismaël Bennacer is the fourth African player to score for AC Milan in UEFA Champions League (excluding own goals), after George Weah, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.
3- AC Milan have kept five clean sheets in five consecutive UEFA Champions League games for the first time since the 2004/05 campaign, when they reached seven.
4- AC Milan have won back-to-back matches against Napoli in all competitions for the first time since 2010/11 season, both in Serie A on that occasion.
5- Ismaël Bennacer is AC Milan's ninth different goalscorer in the Champions League this season, only Manchester City and Napoli (eleven each) have more.
6- Brahim Díaz is the player to have been involved in the most number of goals against Napoli this season across all competitions: three (one goal and two assists).
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