Napoli get first win in Stadio Maradona as Inter retake second spot


Napoli received their first win within the newly-named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday, beating Sampdoria 2-1 to maneuver third in Serie A behind Inter Milan, who fought again to see off Cagliari 3-1.

Napoli wanted to return from behind within the stadium renamed every week in the past following the loss of life of membership legend Maradona final month.

Maradona led the membership to their solely league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the UEFA Cup in 1989.

The match in Naples was preceded by a minute’s silence in reminiscence of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winner Paolo Rossi, who died on Wednesday, aged 64.

Jakub Jankto put Sampdoria forward within the twentieth minute, however Hirving Lozano got here off the bench within the second half to spark a Napoli revival.

Lozano received his head to a Dries Mertens cross seven minutes after the break with the Mexican worldwide then crossing for Andrea Petagna to nod within the winner with 22 minutes remaining.

Inter Milan bounced again after their Champions League exit, reclaiming second place and shifting two factors behind leaders AC Milan, who host Parma in a while Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s Inter had been trailing with 1 / 4 of an hour to go in Sardinia, after Riccardo Sottil put the hosts forward earlier than the break and a collection of tremendous saves from residence goalkeeper Alessio Cragno.

Former Cagliari participant Nicolo Barella volleyed within the equaliser after 77 minutes with Danilo D’Ambrosio coming off the bench to right away nod in a second with six minutes to go.

Romelu Lukaku added a 3rd deep into damage time as Inter returned to second spot two factors behind leaders AC Milan who host Parma in a while Sunday with champions Juventus at Genoa.

“I am actually proud of their response as a result of the lads nonetheless had the Shakhtar video games on their minds,” mentioned Conte.

“We went a aim down regardless of an important first-half efficiency and quite a few possibilities created.

“(Cagliari goalie) Cragno was their greatest participant on the pitch, however the lads believed proper as much as the tip and confirmed they wished to win in any respect prices.”

– Roma thump Bologna –

Inter’s hopes in Europe are over after ending backside of their Champions League group midweek after a goalless draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, having additionally failed to attain in a stalemate within the Ukraine.

Conte’s aspect at the moment are specializing in claiming a primary league title since 2010, and stopping Juventus from profitable a tenth consecutive ‘Scudetto’.

Roma received again to profitable methods with an emphatic 5-1 victory at Bologna to maneuver fifth, one level forward of Juventus.

All six objectives got here within the first half on the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.

Bologna’s Andrea Poli changed into his personal internet after 5 minutes earlier than Edin Dzeko added a second to provide the hosts a two-goal benefit after 10 minutes.

The Bosnian turned the third highest scorer in Roma’s historical past together with his 111th membership aim.

Lorenzo Pellegrini, Jordan Veretout and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added three extra earlier than the break, with a Bryan Cristante personal aim placing Bologna on the scoresheet.

In Bergamo, Atalanta eased previous Fiorentina 3-0, days after qualifying for the Champions League last-16.

Robin Gosens opened the scoring simply earlier than half-time when he completed off a Duvan Zapata cross.

A Ruslan Malinovskyi free-kick 9 minutes after the break, and a Rafael Toloi header within the 63rd minute secured all three factors for the northeners who’re in eighth place with a recreation in hand.

Fiorentina are in seventeenth place after their sixth league match in a row with no win.




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