Napoli lost to Fiorentina in Serie A title match

MILAN ( Associated Press) – Napoli’s title hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday as it lost 3-2 at home to Fiorentina in Serie A.

Nicolas Gonzalez’s opener was canceled soon after Dries Mertens came off the bench. But fellow substitute Jonathan Icahn also had an immediate impact as he restored Fiorentina’s advantage and Arthur Cabral sealed the match.

Victor Osimhen gave Napoli hope but it ended up one point behind Serie A leaders AC Milan, who tour Torino on Sunday. Defending champions Inter Milan are on par with Napoli but have one game in hand.

Napoli were looking to top the league, at least temporarily, but Fiorentina took a surprising lead in the 29th minute. A cross from Alfred Duncan was not cleared and González controlled the ball to his chest before firing into the top corner.

Mertens was brought in in the 56th and scored with his first touch practically two minutes later, rolling the ball into the bottom left corner after Osimhen ran to the left and pulled back from the byline.

Iacon took even less time to make an impact, scoring his first Serie A goal barely a minute after coming off the bench.

Napoli thought it equalized again but Hirving Lozano was called offside and instead it was Fiorentina who extended their advantage in the 72nd as Cabral sprinted to the left and cut inside Stanisaw Lobotka before curling into the far corner. Went.

Osimhen set up a frantic finale when he pulled a ball six minutes behind time down the middle of the two defenders and then shot powerfully into the top corner.

hat-trick hero

Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio beat Genoa 4-1 to increase their chances of qualifying for Europe.

Adam Marusic scored the Lazio opener in the 31st and Immobile doubled the side’s lead at the stroke of halftime and added two more after the break.

Genoa cut the deficit with a stroke of luck as Patrick to his goal from a Lazio defender and a pass ricocheted from under the bar.

Lazio were sixth, two points below their capital rivals Roma, who beat bottom club Salernitana 2–1. Jose Mourinho’s side fought more than expected and needed two late goals to snatch all three points.

Fiorentina are two points behind Lazio and two points above Atalanta, who lost 2-1 at Sassuolo after a double from Hamid Traore.

Genoa remained three points away from safety. It is level with Venezia, who lost 2–1 at home to Udinese.

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