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Giovanni Simeone’s late goal helps Napoli extend lead to 13 points

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Giovanni Simeone's late goal helps Napoli extend lead to 13 points. Photo/ Eurosport.
  • Giovanni Simeone scored a late goal to help Napoli secure a narrow win over AS Roma and widen their gap at the top of the Serie A with 13 points
  • Napoli have 53 points after playing 20 games
  • On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma are sixth in the standings with 37 points

Giovanni Simeone scored a late goal to help Napoli secure a narrow win over AS Roma and widen their gap at the top of the Serie A with 13 points. 

Napoli, who are chasing for first Serie A title since 1990, now have 53 points after playing 20 games. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma are sixth in the standings. A win could have landed them in third place in the Serie A standings. 

Victor Osimhen Scores Again

Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen scored the opening goal against AS Roma. Photo/ Bold Sports.

Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen once again found the back of the net for Napoli last night at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. 

Napoli started the game well with their fluid attacking approach and possession game. Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to have the ball and were completely dominated in the first 15 minutes of the game. 

The Partenopei’s efforts paid off in the 17th minute when Victor Osimhen scored a sensational volley. Mario Rui and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia exchanged passes in a beautiful manner before the latter clipped the ball into the far post, where Osimhen was just waiting. 

The lethal forward first chested down, kept in the air with his thigh before firing an unstoppable volley past AS Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Victor Osimhen has now scored 14 Serie A goals this season. 

AS Roma still struggled even after conceding the first goal, and it took them nearly the whole first half to find a shot on target. It was Leonardo Spinazzola’s effort that Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret saved.

The game started going in AS Roma’s side immediately after Stephen El Shaarawy was brought on at the start of the second half. As Roma moved forward in search of an equalizer, Napoli came close to doubling their lead in the 55th minute. 

Kvaratskhelia squandered a golden opportunity after receiving a pass from Hirving Lozano. His first heavy touch meant the ball was gone. 

Roma came forward again and nearly found the back of the net in the 62nd minute. Goalkeeper Meret did well to save Bryan Cristante’s header.

The visitors finally found the equalizer they were looking for in the 75th minute, thanks to Stephen El Shaarawy. The Italian sneaked past Lozano far post to slot home Nicola Zalewski’s cross. 

Well, everyone thought that the points were going to be shared at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium when Giovanni Simeone’s stunning left foot in the 86th minute gave Napoli a 2-1 lead.

Giovanni Simeone

Giovanni Simeone celebrates after scoring Napoli’s winning goal against AS Roma. Photo/ Eurosport.

Jose Mourinho’s side pressed as much as they could, but Napoli held onto their lead until the referee blew the whistle to signal the end. Victor Osimhen was named the Player of the Match. 

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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