Nervy Napoli squeeze past Lecce ahead of Milan tie

Napoli had unfortunate Antonino Gallo’s own goal to thank for purchasing their Serie A identify bid returned on the right track with a 2-1 win at Lecce on Friday, whilst AC Milan had been held to a goalless draw by means of Empoli.

Napoli are 19 points clear of closest challengers Lazio after Gallo’s unwitting backpass from a Mario Rui cross slipped thru the hands of surprised Lecce goalkeeper Wladimiro Falcone halfway via the second 1/2.The hosts had been deservedly level with Napoli on the Stadio Via del Mare after Federico Di Francesco’s powerfully struck end cancelled out Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s 18th-minute header.

Di Francesco’s 2nd league goal of the season became his team’s first considering mid-February and had a tired-looking Napoli at risk of slipping to every other defeat after they had been hammered four-zero with the aid of champions Milan remaining weekend.

Instead Lecce stay 8 factors above the relegation quarter in sixteenth while Napoli take another step closer to a historic Scudetto with their 7th immediately league away win, earned without top scorer Victor Osimhen.

“It wasn’t easy getting the end result after that defeat (to Milan)… This end result gives us a few consolation beforehand of the coming fits,” Napoli instruct Luciano Spalletti instructed DAZN.

Nigeria forward Osimhen is probably again for Wednesday’s first leg of the all-Italian zone-final with 1/3-positioned Milan — who face Empoli in Friday’s overdue match — however they look to have lost his replacement Giovanni Simeone to a thigh injury he suffered past due on.”Osimhen wants to play each healthy… However those are situations that need to be assessed properly,” brought Spalletti.

As it stands Spalletti’s team handiest want four greater wins from their final nine fits to cozy the title, and that focus on will get smaller if Lazio fail to beat Juventus.

However it will be all modified if Juve have their 15-factor penalty for illicit transfer interest revoked later this month, as they are 11 points behind Lazio in advance of their conflict on the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

Milan flopped at the San Siro beforehand of Napoli’s visit as Stefano Pioli’s plenty-modified aspect failed to interrupt down protecting Empoli.

The hosts idea that they had claimed the points within the final moments whilst alternative Olivier Giroud netted however his strike changed into rightly dominated out for handball after he celebrated.

That become the second one time supporters had been ruing VAR officers after Milan were additionally denied a penalty on the hour after Tyronne Ebuehi had first of all been penalised for handball.

Empoli held out for a draw which intended third-positioned Milan failed to absolutely capitalise on some other awful night for Romelu Lukaku in competitors Inter Milan’s 1-1 draw at Salernitana.

Antonio Candreva’s miscued pass inside the very last minute moved Salernitana 10 points above the relegation region and left Inter vulnerable to being knocked out of the Champions League positions.

Wasteful Inter could were out of sight before vintage boy Candreva’s fortuitous strike had they made the most of their possibilities after Robin Gosens netted their first goal from open play in a month in the sixth minute, with Lukaku the worst perpetrator in Salerno.

Lukaku, who turned into racially abused by Juventus lovers midweek, headed a simple opportunity immediately at Guillermo Ochoa inside the first 1/2.

And he come what may controlled to scoop a diving header onto the bar from within the six-yard container in the 65th minute earlier than the first rate Ochoa brilliantly stored out Stefan De Vrij at the rebound.

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