BARÇA'S RIVAL IN CHAMPIONS
An own goal in the extra time stops the crisis of Napoli in the Serie A
Published:23/12/2019 - 17:00h
Updated:23/12/2019 - 17:00h
Napoli wants to end its crisis before facing Barça in the Champions League, and started with a lucky victory in the Serie A. An own goal in the extra time served the 'azzurri' to seal their first victory in two months
The Champions League will not go back to the calendar until the month of February of 2020, but the applicants to the title do not lose it of sight. The intention is to park errors and reinforce tarpaulins to arrive in full form to the eliminatory, that will mark the last stretch of the demanding way to the final of Istanbul. Although the crosses of eighth remain still very far, are not few those that already observe them askance.
And this weekend there was joy for the Napoli, that tieed up with something of fortune his first victory liguera in two months. It was necessary to retreat until 19 October to find a 2-0 in front of Verona, but since burst a sportive and institutional crisis that finish with five ties, three defeats and Carlo Ancelotti in the street. Gennaro Gattuso will not have it easy, but the Sunday opened a door to the hope.
The visit to the Sassuolo was not a walk, and the 'azzurri' had to row to contracorriente after a bad first-half. Manuel Locatelli warned with a finish after kickoff of corner that the foráneos saved under sticks, and Kostas Manolas answered shortly after in another corner that stamped in the crossbar. Little by little, the local pressure drowned to the partenopeos, that were against the ropes until it arrived the rest.
Giorgios Kyriakopoulos Launched a new warning, and no longer there was a third. Locatelli Put a long centre to the second stick and there appeared Hamed Traoré, that touched the just to do the first surpassing to the guardameta underneath of the legs. To the edge of the rest could sentence the midfield player marfileño, but Alex Meret won him the game in the hand manually and everything remained opened for a frantic second time.
The Napoli pushes and finish finding with the triumph
It did fault little to check that in the resumption went to have action, because the duel opened and there were occasions for both teams. Jérémie Rows did not finalise the first and the napolitanos answered him with forcefulness, with actions of Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik and a possible penalti of Locatelli to Elseid Hysaj -a 'embrace' to the carrilero- that the referee did not signal and neither remembered him from the VAR.
The Sassuolo went back to have the sentence and once again forgave it, what gave wings to the reaction visitor. Mert Müldür Neither knew to concretise but yes did it Allan, that went the attendant to situate the tie and agitate the game of his. The Brazilian pivote went out first with a so much of nine, receiving of backs to goal, orienting to his right leg and launching a latigazo that lodged the spherical in the square.
The wood was protagonist the end of crazy of the MAPEI Stadium - Città of the Tricolore, until a goal in own decided in the discount. Pedro Obiang and José Alley crashed in the sticks, and the ex of the Real Madrid saw like the technology cancelled him a goal by offside. Dries Mertens Supported the last arreón 'azzurri' and in the last sigh there was an explosion. The own Obiang tried to remove him a finish point-blank to a rival in the exit of a corner, but his clear was not clean and finish in the networks. 1-2 and break in Saint Paolo.