Naples wins against Atalanta, its runner-up in Serie A, and increases its lead

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Naples wins against Atalanta, its runner-up in Serie A, and increases its lead

Napoli’s loss to Liverpool Tuesday in the Champions League (2-0), the first of the season for the Italians, was therefore only an accident. Luciano Spalletti’s players reacted perfectly on Saturday by winning on the lawn of Atalanta (2-1), increasing their lead to 8 points over their opponents of the day at the top of Serie A.

The game: 2-1

Dominating in the first period, the Neapolitans initially struggled to be dangerous and were surprised by the counterattacks of Atalanta. From the 3rd minute of play, Rasmus Hojlund could have given the advantage to his team on a very good service from Ademola Lookman, but Alex Meret intervened magnificently.

The Danish striker then stumbled on a good return from Juan Jesus (13th) before the Neapolitan defense cracked a few minutes later. Following a scramble on a corner and an appeal from the VAR, Victor Osimhen was penalized with a hand in the penalty area. A penalty transformed by Lookman with great composure (19th), with a strike from the right foot in the top corner.

Napoli reacted well

Jostled, Naples was quick to react, first on a set piece. Osimhen indeed took advantage of a corner played by two and a magnificent cross from Piotr Zielinski to equalize (23rd). After another dangerous header from Zambo Anguissa (29′), the Nigerian striker once again distinguished himself with a hard job on the right side and a center back on Eljif Elmas, who finished perfectly with the left foot (35′).

In the lead at the break, the Neapolitans had to turn their backs on returning from the locker room in front of the onslaught of Atalanta. After a magnificent cross not concluded by Hans Hateboer (53rd), Joakim Maehle played his personal card on the left side but came up against a very good Meret (55th). In the continuity of the action, Lookman could only find the bar of the Italian goalkeeper at close range.

Naples then managed the end of the match and could even have scored a third goal if Giovanni Simeone had been more precise (78th and 79th). The only club still undefeated in Serie A thus obtains an 11th success in the Championship (2 draws) which puts pressure on its direct opponents, before the two clashes on Sunday between AS Roma and Lazio (6 p.m.) and between the Juventus and Inter Milan (8:45 p.m.).

The player: Omnipresent Osimhen

First at fault on the Atalanta penalty, Victor Osimhen caught up perfectly. Beyond his equalizer and his assist for Eljif Elmas, the Nigerian striker has once again impressed in his back-to-goal play and his ability to keep the ball. A new full performance that allows his team to stand out at the top of Serie A.


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