Napoli defeats Juventus at the top of the Italian League | sports


Juventus fell second at Napoli, the defending champion, losing to them 1-2 on Sunday in the 27th round of the Italian Football League, while Bologna continued its brilliance and dream of competing in the Champions League for only the second time in its history by defeating its host Atalanta 2-1.

At Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Juventus played a pretty good match with a young squad whose average age was 26 years and 14 days, but it did not capitalize on the opportunities it got, especially Serbian Dusan Vlahovic, so they paid the price with a fourth defeat of the season.

With this defeat, leaders Inter have the opportunity to move away from coach Massimiliano Allegri’s team by 15 points if they win on Monday over their guest Genoa, while their third-place neighbor Milan is now a point away from the “Old Lady” after its victory on Friday over Lazio 1-0.

On the other hand, Napoli benefited from Fiorentina’s goalless draw against Torino on Saturday to advance to seventh place with 43 points.

The first half was on its way to ending in a goalless draw before Georgian Hvicha Kvaratskhelia snatched the lead for the hosts with a beautiful shot “on the fly” that put the ball into the right corner of Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (43).

Juventus started the second half pressing, searching for an equalizer, and in the 81st minute, Federico Chiesa succeeded in scoring against Napoli with a powerful low shot that deposited the ball to Meret’s right.

Napoli won a penalty kick after a foul on Nigerian Victor Osimhen, who took it and clashed with Szczesny’s brilliance, but substitute Giacomo Raspadori was in the right place to follow the ball into the net (88).

Bologna continues to dream

Bologna continued its dream of competing in the Champions League for only the second time in its history, after turning the tables on its host and rival to participate in the main continental competition, Atalanta, by beating them 2-1.
Atalanta advanced with a goal scored by Nigerian Ademola Lookman, who was in the right place to follow the shot of his colleague Davide Zapacosta (28).

At the beginning of the second half, Bologna equalized the score with a penalty kick successfully executed by Joshua Zirkzee (57), and after a few minutes, Scot Louis Ferguson scored the goal of progress and victory, the sixth in a row and the fourteenth this season, with a shot from outside the area (61).

Thus, Bologna, dreaming of participating in the Champions League for the first time since its first and only experience in the 1964-1965 season, raised its score to 51 points in fourth place, 4 points behind fifth-place Roma, which beat Montsa 4-1 on Saturday, while Atalanta fell from fifth to sixth place. With 46 points, suffering the second defeat in a row and the ninth of the season.

Verona breathed a sigh of relief when it defeated its guest, Sassuolo, 1-0, thanks to Polish Karol Sviderski’s goal in the 79th minute.

It is Verona’s first victory in its last seven matches (3 draws and the same number of defeats) and the fifth this season, eliminating the 18th place leading to the second division and rising to 17th with 23 points.
On the other hand, Sassuolo suffered its fourth loss in a row and the seventh in its last eight matches, and its score froze at 20 points.

Czech Jakub Jankto scored a goal in the 69th minute for his team, Cagliari, inflicting Empoli’s first defeat since hiring coach Davide Nicola in mid-January.

With their fifth victory, Cagliari raised their score to 23 points in 18th place, on goal difference behind Verona and a point behind Frosinone’s 16th, who tied at home with Lecce with a goal by Moroccan Walid Chedira (2+45) versus a goal awarded to goalkeeper Michele Cerofolini by mistake (61).

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