Napoli’s Scudetto hopes were dashed as they drew 1-1 with Roma at the Maradona today. That Azzurri started brilliantly as Lorenzo Insigne took the lead from the penalty spot. However, they failed to extend their lead and eventually paid the price as Roma equalized through Stephan El Shaarawy in added time.
The draw dashed any hope Napoli had of winning Serie A while Roma are still chasing Juventus for fourth place in the Champions League.
Napoli made just two changes after losing to Fiorentina, with Andre-Frank Zambo replacing Anguissa Piotr Zielinski while Hirving Lozano started on the right wing in front of Matteo Politano.
Roma made just one change after beating Bodo/Glimt 4-0, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan starting at the expense of Sergio Oliveira.
Napoli started the game well, earning an early penalty after Hirving Lozano was fouled in the penalty area by Roger Ibanez. Captain Insigne stepped up and shot past Rui Patricio to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Napoli were keen to double their lead and Mario Rui put in a cross from the left and Victor Osimhen tried to shoot, but his shot was blocked and the ball went in the direction of Lozano. The Mexican also had a shot on goal, but Patricio was able to save it.
The hosts looked more attacking in the first half but Roma had their attacking moments. Lorenzo Pellegrini played a cross, but Bryan Cristante’s header went over the goal.
Roma were keen to equalize and Napoli wanted to extend their lead. Both sides tried to attack and it was the visitors who had the first good chance of the game through Pellegrini. The Italian’s shot was saved by Alex Meret. Tammy Abraham also had a header on goal, but it was saved.
Things went poorly for Roma as the half progressed, being reduced to ten men following Daniel Fuzato’s dismissal. However, the Giallorossi pressed to equalize. They finally got it in injury time thanks to a fine shot from El Shaarawy. Roma looked much more attacking towards the end looking for a winner. However, they did not succeed and the spoils were shared.
Luciano Spalletti will surely be disappointed as he has missed out on a win in the last two games. That Partenopei will need to be much more sober on offense if they are challenged for the Scudetto next season.
Napoli remain third in the Serie A table while Roma remain fifth.
Napoli next travel to Empoli for their away game next weekend. That Partenopei have a tough game ahead of them but should be able to take all three points. Roma have an extremely difficult game ahead of them as they travel to Milan for their game against Inter. This will be a crucial game for both sides. While Roma are looking for a top four finish, the Nerazzurri want to defend their title.
GAME scorecard April 18, 2022 – Serie A 2021-2022 Round 33
NAPLES – ROME 1-1
Goalscorers: 11′ badge (N)90+1′ El Shaarawy (R)
|NAPLES (4-3-3): meret; Zanoli, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Mario Rui (87′ Ghoulam); Anguissa, Lobotka, Fabian Ruiz; Lozano, Osimhen, Insigne (Ospina, Marfella, Juan Jesus, Tuanzebe) Coaches: spalletti|
|Roma (3-5-2): Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Oliveira, Pellegrini, Cristante, Zalewski; Zaniolo, Abraham ()Coaches: Mourinho|
REFEREE: Mr. Mariani of Aprilia REMARKS: Yellow cards: Zanoli (N), Koulibaly (N), Insigne (N), Lozano (N), Cristante (R), Zaniolo (R) ; Added time: 1st half 2′, 2nd half 8′
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