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Napoli Top! – Italian Football News 28 Feb 22

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Napoli Top! – Italian Football News 28 Feb 22
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Chokers no more, Napoli are top of the league.

Ciao, ragazzi! This is Andrew with your Calcio Daily for Monday February 28th, our 186th daily show in a row!

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In the 95th minute of Napoli’s Serie A game away to Lazio last night, a shiny, bald head emerged from a sea of players, medics, puffer jackets and bibs.

It was the head of Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti, who had seen his side pegged back to 1-1 with 2 minutes of normal time, fully playing their expected role as serial chokers.

Yet in the fifth minute of injury time, Elmas broke forward, found Insigne who squared it to Fabian Ruiz whose left-footed curler from outside the box was a thing of beauty. Bending around the Lazio defender, just inside Strakosha’s post.

The scenes were absolutely wild, it seems that the whole of Naples was gathered in that corner of the Stadio Olimpico to celebrate.

Chokers no more, Napoli were top of the league.

Insigne had opened the scoring in an open and entertaining game, adding a second minutes later before VAR chalked that one off for offside. Lazio had some great chances and tested Ospina many times but all that mattered was the win. Napoli now top on 57 points, the same as Milan who have a lower goal difference of six. Two points behind then sit Inter with a game in hand, a further 5 points back are Juventus.

It is mighty, might close.

Earlier in the day, Jose Mourinho had used up all his luck with a 99th minute penalty awarded to Roma courtesy of a very hotly disputed Tammy Abraham penalty. The award was confirmed by VAR, Abraham calmly slotting home his 12th goal in a decent season for him.

Another striker who is having a great season is Giovanni Simeone, who scored another hat trick for Verona, his second of the season, in a 3-1 home win against Venezia, for whom Okereke scored and Cagliari put three points of daylight between themselves and the relegation spots with a 2-1 win away to Torino.

Atalanta v Sampdoria tonight will finish off this round of Serie A matches.

This week sees the first legs of the Coppa Italia semi finals. Milan host Inter tomorrow night while Fiorentina will host Juventus and former striker Dusan Vlahovic tomorrow night.

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