The goals bear the signature of Insigne, author of a brace, then Politano and Mertens. Shorten for guests Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic, closes Osimhen
NAPLES. Napoli overwhelms Lazio 5-2 and continues its march towards the Champions League area which is now only two points away. The match was dominated by the Azzurri and Lazio showed up only in the central part of the second half, when they found two goals in five minutes and were under the illusion of being able to straighten the result. But it is only a flash in the pan, also because the difference between the two teams is considerable and the Azzurri risk almost nothing.
Napoli finds after just 7 ‘the goal of the advantage thanks to a penalty kick converted by Insigne. The action leading to referee Di Bello’s decision is confusing. It all stems from a defensive intervention by Milinkovic-Savic who, to thwart a possible header by Manolas, lifts a foot and hits the Neapolitan defender in the temple, probably immediately after intercepting and deflecting the ball. On the restart of the action the Lazio counterattack is triggered with Lazzari who burns on the Hysaj shot and appears in the penalty area in front of Meret. Before he manages to kick, however, he ends up on the ground after the Albanian defender placed a hand on his shoulder. There could perhaps be the reasons for granting a penalty to Lazio and even an expulsion for Hysaj, but the Var draws Di Bello’s attention to what had happened immediately before in the Lazio area. The referee checks what has happened and grants the penalty to Napoli. Lazio is thus immediately having to chase, but the psychological blow for what has happened is strong and determines a slip which the Azzurri take advantage of soon after. After four minutes Mertens serves on the right Politano who enters the penalty area and beats Reina with a low shot. Lazio reorganized and found some good game plot especially with Correa who often wedged himself in the opposing defense and at 18 ‘hit a full post of Meret’s goal. Overall, however, it is Napoli to keep the match in hand thanks above all to the good vein of Ruiz who dictates the playing times to his team and to Zielinski, whose advanced position, almost alongside Mertens, keeps the defense of the team constantly apprehensive. Lazio.
In the second half, the Azzurri score on 7 ‘again with Insigne who ends with a lob that overrides Reina, an action he himself started on the counterattack and continued by Hysaj right into the penalty area. The game seems to close in the 19 ‘when Mertens, served by Zielinski, bags with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. But Lazio did not give up and reopened the match within five minutes. At 25 ‘he scores Immobile served vertically by Pereira and at 29’ Milinkovic-Savic shortens the distance by transforming a free kick from the edge. The biancocelesti, however, do not have time to organize themselves as Napoli still scores with Osimhen, who took the place of Mertens, launched by Lozano, who replaced Politano. The game ends here. Napoli relaunches itself in the fight for the Champions League while for Lazio there is a setback from which they will have to recover immediately if they want to continue fighting for a place in the Champions League.
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