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Napoli Choke Again! – Italian Football News 22 Feb 22

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Napoli Choke Again! – Italian Football News 22 Feb 22
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After Juventus missed the chance to consolidate their place in fourth position, Atalanta failed to catch up with Juve in the Champions League spots, Milan passed on the opportunity to go 4 points clear and Inter tripped up when they could have gone top with a win, it was Napoli’s chance last night to grab a statement win against Cagliari that would put them top of the league.

Napoli being Napoli, they failed. It was clear early on that Napoli were going to struggle with many of their expected starters missing, including Insigne, who had picked up a muscle injury in training.

Joao Pedro was a constant threat and carved out a couple of decent chances but Napoli were happy to go in level at half time. Everything changed on 58 minutes when Gaston Pereira struck a shot from outside the box. It bounced just ahead of Napoli keeper Ospina, who couldn’t handle the bounce and looked on in horror as the ball went over him and into his net.

Spaletti was in no mood to surrender and threw on three subs 10 minutes later, including Osimhen and Ruiz, who had not started due to their fitness levels.

On 87, Osimhen made his game-saving contribution. The excellent Mario Rui pinged a cross from the left to the far post where the Nigerian striker rose above the Cagliari defenders to head home, Cragno getting a hand on it but not able to keep it out.

Napoli move level with Inter, two points behind leaders Milan.

In yesterday’s other game, a Marco Arnautovic double saw Bologna come from a goal down against Spezia to win 2-1, a result which puts Spezia a bit closer to the bad end of the table, they are now just 4 points ahead of third-bottom Venezia, who have a game in hand.

Tonight, Juve face Villareal away in the Champions League last 16, which will be Dusan Vlahovic’s Champions League debut.

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