Italian Football

Second Draw in a Row for the Partenopei


Napoli were unable to break the Lecce wall on Wednesday night as they were forced to a second straight Serie A draw midweek. The Parthenobi He advanced with Elif Elmas after Alex Merritt was denied a penalty by Lorenzo Colombo.

However, the AC Milan youth academy producer returned himself with a superb shot from outside the box to make it 1-1 before the break. The result did not change in the second period like Salentini They collected the third draw out of four season matches so far.

On the other hand, Napoli lost first place in the league table and are now two points behind Roma while Torino and Atalanta are waiting to face each other tomorrow.

The Parthenobi Lazio and Liverpool are set to face each other in their first Champions League appearance in the coming days. And so Luciano Spalletti thought about keeping some of his men and made six changes against the last goalless draw in Florence. Leo Ostigard made his debut in the center of the defense while Tanguy Ndombele positioned himself in the center of the park. Napoli’s attacking package included Elif Elmas, Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano behind lone striker Victor Osimhen.

Lecce’s Marco Baroni responded with a gritty 4-3-3 style featuring several young players, including Colombo who made his debut in yellow red as a starter.

The Milan local talent got a chance to bring his side forward as he climbed into the spot to convert a penalty that allowed Ndombele to foul on Federico Di Francesco. Colombo did nothing wrong, but the referee ordered the penalty kick to be retaken because he hit before his whistle. The second time, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret ran to the left and defused the challenge.

The hosts received blood first a few minutes later when Osimhen served Politano and Elmas converted the Italian’s shot into Napoli’s opening goal with a close-range strike. ParthenobiTheir delusion did not last long as Colombo quickly made up for his penalty mistake with a stunning left-footed scream from 25 metres.

Spalletti made a few changes right after the start of the second half as he replaced Raspadori and Ndombele with Stanislav Lobotka and Piotr Zielinksi, returning to the 4-3-3 formation. There were chances for Politano, Elmas and Di Lorenzo, but in general, Lecce managed to defend himself with equanimity. Not even the late additions of Khvicha Kvaratskellia and Giovanni Simeone changed the situation. full time Salentini He might be happy to come home with a golden point in their fight to avoid relegation.

Napoli will now travel to Rome to face Lazio on Saturday, while Lecce will host Torino at the Via del Mare on Monday evening.

Match scorecard

August 31, 2022 – Serie A 2022-2023 round four
Napoli – lettuce 1-1

scorers: 27, Elmas (North), 31, Colombo (left)

Naples (4-2-3-1): Merritt. Di Lorenzo, Ostegaard, Mengai, Oliveira; Anguise (85 ° Semyon), Ndombele (46 ° Lobotka); Politano (71° Lausanne), Rasbadore (46° Zelensky), Elmas (56° Lausanne); Osimene (Marvella, Sirigo, Juan Jesus, Mario Roy, Rahmani, Zanoli, Gaetano, Zerbin) Fitness Trainer: Spalletti
LECCE (4-3-3): Falcon. Gendry, Baciruto, Toya, Bezzella; Helgason (46′ Gonzalez), Wheeler, Askildsen (61° Strefezza); Panda (71° Listovsky), Colombo (69° Sesay), Di Francesco (61° Plaine) (Pliv, Samuja, Bongrajic, Bystrovich, Frapota, Gallo, Umtiti, Rodriguez) Fitness Trainer: Barons
Rule: Mr. Marcinaro of Genoa
Notes: Yellow cards: Politano (North), Hjolmand, Colombo, Sesay, Streviza (left); Overtime: first half 3, second half 7

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