Napoli move 18 points clear atop Serie A

AP , Saturday 11 Mar 2023

Runaway Serie A leader Napoli extended its advantage by beating Atalanta 2-0 on Saturday.

(From 2ndL) Napoli s Macedonian midfielder Eljif Elmas, Napoli s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen, Na
(From 2ndL) Napoli s Macedonian midfielder Eljif Elmas, Napoli s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen, Napoli s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski and Napoli s Italian forward Alessio Zerbin (R) acknowledge the public at the end of the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Atalanta on March 11, 2023 at the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. AFP


Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Amir Rrahmani scored in the second half for Napoli to go 18 points clear of second-placed Inter Milan.

Lazio could leapfrog Inter with a win at Bologna late.

Atalanta’s fifth loss in seven matches diminished further its chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Atalanta was placed sixth, five points below fourth-placed Roma ahead of the Giallorossi’s match against Sassuolo on Sunday.

Napoli was looking to bounce back from losing to Lazio last weekend, its second league loss.

It plays Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, leading 2-0 from the first leg, but coach Luciano Spalletti opted not to rotate his squad.

Napoli dominated and almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion at the start of the second half but Victor Osimhen’s overhead kick was straight at Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso.

Instead, Kvaratskhelia scored an impressive opener on the hour mark when he collected the ball from Osimhen and weaved his way into the area, twisting and turning between defenders, before blasting into the roof of the net.

Rrahmani all but sealed the win in the 77th when he headed a corner into the far bottom corner.

Winning ways

Udinese got back to winning ways by 1-0 over Empoli.

Rodrigo Becão headed in early in the second half to help Udinese to its first win since January.

Udinese moved level with Bologna and Juventus, seven points below Atalanta. Empoli remained 10 points above the relegation zone.

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