Napoli have experienced a fundamental afternoon, perhaps decisive for their season. The Azzurri, without three key men such as Rrahmani, Di Lorenzo and Osimhen, won in a stadium where they almost never succeed, that of Atalanta, with an almost perfect performance and giving a huge blow on the table. With this victory, Spalletti’s side almost sentenced their classification to the next Champions League (they left Lazio at -14 and Dea at -15) and, above all, reaffirm their place in the fight for the scudetto. Now they march with the same points as Milan, who will host Bologna tomorrow, and six more from Inter, who visit Juve tonight and must make up a game.
Those from Bergamo started well, but the southerners immediately took advantage of the spaces they left with their high pressure. The young Zanoli starred in a great personal move and, with a pass into the gap, found Mertens in the heart of the area, which was shot down by Musso. Insigne opened the can from eleven meters and before the break, mischievously, he quickly launched a free kick from the edge of the box, which Politano made it 0-2 with a beautiful volley.
The start of the second half was the best moment for Gasperini’s men, who closed the gap with a header from De Roon and they brushed the tie with a thread from Boga, neutralized by Ospina.
The Nerazzurri’s arreón faded in the 81′ thanks to Chucky Lozano, who replaced Insigne in the 69′ and finished off the job with a spectacular counterattack finished by Elmas, author of the 1-3.
The partenopei overcame the most difficult game of the remaining ones in a big way. Now, they have to host Fiorentina and Roma at the Maradona, and then face Empoli, Sassuolo, Torino, Genoa and Spezia. The fight with Milan and Inter will last until the end, but Napoli have made it clear that they are not going to give up. It is a historic opportunity.
Udinese 5-Cagliari 1
The Argentine Nahuel Molina participated in Udinese’s rout against Cagliari (5-1) with a spectacular goal in which he demonstrated his physical power and his quality with the ball at his feet.
The Argentine winger signed the goal of the day, the sixth in his private account. In the 58th minute, with the score already 3-1, he accompanied from his own area the counterattack proposed by his Portuguese teammate Beto and who directed the Nigerian Isaac Success, shot a deep uncheck, prevailed over his pair and, from more than 20 meters, shot the ball with quality to overcome the rival goalkeeper with a goal that made the local fans go crazy.
Udinese needed to win against a direct rival to avoid getting into trouble in the last days with relegation and thanks to Beto’s hat-trick, Molina’s goal and the opening goal by Brazilian Becao settled a match that started badly for the ‘zebras’.
The Italian Joao Pedro opened the scoring half an hour into the game with a good goal that gave Cagliari hope, in need of points despite being out of relegation.
With this festival of goals, Udinese rises to twelfth position with 33 points and is well positioned to save the category, while Cagliari is still the team that separates the red zone with 25 points. -EFE
Miranchuk (45′, Malinovsky), j god (45′, Hans Hateboer), Diamond (58′, Politano), Joaquin Maehle (62′, Yimsiti), Hirving Lozano (68′, Shield), fabian (69′, Zielinsky), Mustafa Cisse (82′, Luis Muriel), Pasalico (82′, Freuler), Kevin Malcuit (87′, Mertens)
0-1, 13′: Badge0-2, 36′: politan1-2, 57′: Rum Marten1-3, 80′: Diamond
Referee: Marco Di Bello
VAR Referee: Gianluca Aureliano
palomino (34′, Yellow) john jesus (66′, Yellow) David Ospina (75′, Yellow) frank zambo (83′, Yellow) Rum Marten (85′, Yellow