Serie A, Napoli-Roma 2-1, goals: José Maria Callejon at 53 ', Mkhitaryan at 60' and Lorenzo Insigne at 81 '.
Napoli bends Rome and makes the race for the Europa League even more exciting . Now the ranking reads like this: Rome and Naples 48, Milan 46, Verona 42, Bologna 41 and Sassuolo 40. Naples is already in the Europa League because it has won the Italian Cup, for the other two places Roma and Milan remain favorite but everything is still possible from here to the end of the championship.
Tonight Napoli largely deserved the victory despite Roma appearing to grow compared to the nightmare performance against Udinese. The hosts created more scoring chances with Pau Lopez who was one of the best on the pitch.
After a first half of substantial balance, where Napoli hit a crossbar with Milik, the game was unlocked in the second half.
Callejon anticipated Ibanez and brought the hosts ahead. Then the illusory draw of Mkhitaryan, the seventh goal in the league, the result of a beautiful combination between Dzeko and the Armenian. Finally, the winning shot by Insigne. Shoot from three points.
Napoli is already in the Europa League but is training for the Champions League return against Barcelona while Roma is struggling to maintain a place in the Europa League. The Giallorossi will have to return to play decently to maintain a place in Europe.
Lorenzo Insigne decided the match with a champion goal.
The first scoring opportunity was created by Napoli after just twelve minutes. Fabian Ruiz dribbled Smalling and stood before Pau Lopez. Ruiz kicked the body of the Roma goalkeeper wasting a comfortable scoring opportunity.
Roma replied five minutes later. Pellegrini's shot was deflected off for a corner by Manolas. Naples very close to scoring in the 33 '. Milik hit the crossbar with a close header, on the tap in Callejon he failed an easy goal with practically empty goal.
Cross from Zappacosta from the right and Pellegrini's left plate out of a breath. The first half ended on the result of zero to zero, few scoring chances. Worth noting is the injury of Smalling, instead of Fazio.
Naples ahead at 53 '. Mario Rui crosses from the left and Callejon's winning split ahead of Ibanez. Draw of Roma at 60 '. Opening of Dzeko and great movement of Mkhitaryan who went to score the tie by beating Meret with an impregnable right.
Naples again ahead 81 '. Insigne's ballistic masterpiece . The captain of Napoli focuses from the left and beats Pau Lopez with a right-footed shot that has finished his race under the intersection of the posts.
It's over, Napoli beat Roma and hooked it to fifth place in the standings.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano