Naples consolidated its large lead at the top of Serie A by dominating a combative AS Roma (2-1) thanks to two jewels from Victor Osimhen (17th) and Giovanni Simeone (86th), Sunday during the 20th day of Serie A. After the new setback for AC Milan, crushed by Sassuolo (5-2), Napoli increased their lead to 13 points over Inter Milan, their new runner-up, and fifteen over a trio made up of Lazio Rome (3rd) , Atalanta Bergamo (4th) and Milan (5th).
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All his pursuers, however, believed for a few moments that the Neapolitans were fallible, when Stephan El Shaarawy appeared at the start of the last quarter of an hour to equalize, suddenly cooling the Diego-Maradona stadium (75th).
But this Napoli is definitely too strong at the moment: Giovanni Simeone, who entered just after this equalizer, took it upon himself to remind him by giving Naples the advantage with a perfect shot in the top corner (86th)!
A sumptuous goal, but that of Victor Osimhen was just as much on the opener, arriving on the first clear acceleration of Napoli.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, nicely shifted to the left by Mario Rui, crossed but the best came next with a real masterpiece from the Nigerian: control of the chest, then control of the thigh and hitting under the bar (17th)!
Fourteenth league goal for the top scorer in Serie A, with more than one goal per game on average since returning from injury in October (12 goals in 11 games).
Roma thought they had managed to shake the leader's confidence a little, despite the prolonged absence of Nicolo Zaniolo, asked to train separately for having refused an offer from Bournemouth and despite the absence of his supporters, banned from traveling like those of Napoli after clashes in early January on a highway between tifosi of the two teams.
But nothing seems this year to be able to stop such a Napoli celebrated for long minutes by its own supporters after the meeting.