Insigne double, also Politano, Mertens (a jewel) and Osimhen. The biancocelesti wake up a few minutes: the goals from Immobile and Milinkovic are useless
This Napoli will keep all the direct antagonists for the Champions area on the line. Under his blows, Lazio also collapsed (5-2), in the last direct clash for this season. Now, Gattuso and his team will be able to look with greater optimism at that fourth place which has become a matter of life or death. The night of the Maradona had more than one protagonist, among the Neapolitans. But Lorenzo Insigne was once again the driver of the team. The brace given to Lazio shows how indispensable the captain is to achieve certain results. With him, Politano, Mertens and Osimhen also scored. Lazio deceived themselves in the middle of the second half, with goals from Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic, but Napoli did not stop and completed the masterpiece by also scoring the fifth goal. Now, the Champions zone is just two points, the ones that separate him from Juventus and Atalanta.
Luis Alberto plays
Confirmation of his presence comes only when the formations are made official, one hour before the start of the race. Simone Inzaghi, absent for Covid-19 and replaced on the bench by the second, Farris, prefers to risk it. For the rest it is the usual Lazio, while Rino Gattuso thinks about it and keeps Lozano on the bench, confirming Politano on the right wing. In defense, there is Hysaj on the left, with Mario Rui on the bench.
It is 4 ‘when Lazzari flies away on the counterattack, chased by Hysaj who, once inside the area, pulls him down with one hand. The players on the field protest, they wanted the penalty, but Di Bello signals to continue. Meanwhile, in the Lazio area, Manolas is on the ground, after being thwarted in a dangerous game by Milinkovic-Savic. The referee continues to argue with the Var, Irrati, who invites him to review something on the monitor. The referee is expected to decide on Hysaj’s foul on Lazzari, but returning to the field he points to the spot in the Lazio area. In practice, he punishes the first of the two fouls. Lorenzo Insigne takes charge of the serve and displaces Reina for the 1-0. Lazio is furious and confused. And to take advantage of it is the Napoli that, with Politano, finds the 2-0.
Under two goals, the biancocelesti try to raise the center of gravity, moving close to the Neapolitan half. The post saves Meret, on 19 ‘after Correa’s shot, while Luis Alberto shoots wide from a good position, on 23’. Napoli holds, however. Fabian Ruiz is interested in giving quality to the action and Politano engages in a physical duel with Radu. The biancoceleste pressure eases around half an hour, after a lopsided shot by Immobile that ends up on the side. The game becomes nervous, there is some foul that forces Di Bello to extract the yellow card several times. In order, Manolas, Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Fabian Ruiz and Mertens end up in his notebook, all for foul play. The breaks are continuous so much so that the recovery minutes of the first half are 3.
Better than Maradona
The start of the recovery is characterized by the pearl that Lorenzo Insigne gives to himself and to Napoli. The clock marks the eighth minute of play, when the captain leaves his area, ball and chain, and runs fast towards his former teammate Reina. At his side overlaps Hysaj: nice exchange between the two concluded by the right to turn the attacker who scores the second personal goal of the evening. A feat that allows him, among other things, to overtake Diego Maradona in the club’s all-time league table. The Argentine had stopped at an altitude of 81, Lorenzo overtook him last night, settling at an altitude of 82. Farris calls Lucas Leiva, slow and awkward, to the bench to make room for Cataldi. Gattuso yells at his followers not to give up, to stay focused. And his do not disappoint him, because there is still time to improve the show. This Naples is a beautiful sight in the collective and in the individualities. To the pearl of Insigne, in fact, is added that of Dries Mertens, author of the fourth goal in the 20 ‘. Zielinski’s low cross was shot on the net by the Belgian international with a shot from the edge of the area, which Reina tries to reach, but nothing can.
Real estate goal
Despite the heavy disadvantage, Lazio goes in search of the goal of the flag. Which is located at 25 ‘after a triangulation between Correa and Immobile. The right around the captain leaves Meret on his legs. Just four minutes pass and the second goal arrives. This time, it is Milinkovic-Savic to put the intersection of the goalposts on a free kick. Lazio’s reaction is controlled by Napoli which, in the meantime, has Osimhen, Lozano and Rrahmani on the field that Gattuso has inserted in place of Mertens, Politano and Manolas. But it’s not over yet, because Acerbi makes a mistake at the exit and gives Lozano the chance to assist Osimhen: the right-footed player from the Nigerian leaves no chance for Reina.
April 22, 2021 (change April 22, 2021 | 23:49)
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