Napoli comes close to taking Udinese's lead and doesn't get beyond 1-1


By John

Udinese-Napoli 1-1

NETWORKS: 6'st Osimhen, 47'st Success
UDINESE (3-4-2-1): Okoye 6; Ferreira 5, Bijol 6, Kristensen 6.5; Ehizibue 6 (24'st Festy 6), Zarraga 5.5, Walace 6.5, Kamara 5.5 (42'st Zemura 6.5); Samardzic 6, Brenner 6 (8'st Success 7); Lucca 5.5 (9'st Davis 6.5) . On the bench: Mosca, Padelli, Abankwah, Tikvic, Kabasele, Pereyra, Pejicic. Coach: Cannavaro 6.5
NAPLES (4-3-3): Meret 6.5; Di Lorenzo 6, Rrahmani 6, Ostigard 6, Olivera 5.5; Anguissa 6, Lobotka 6.5, Cajuste 6.5 (28'st Traorè 6); Politano 6.5, Osimhen 7 (43'st Simeone sv), Lindstrom 5.5 (36'st Ngonge 6). On the bench: Contini, Idasiak, Natan, Mario Rui, Mazzocchi, D'Avino. Coach: Calzona 5.5.
REFEREE: Aureliano of Bologna 6.5.
NOTE: peaceful evening, pitch in excellent condition. Corners: 7-5. Recovery time: 2' time, 5' time.

– Bitter draw for Napoli, who were caught in the final by Udinese, not going beyond a 1-1 draw on the same pitch where, just over a year ago, they won the third Scudetto in their history. Success responded to the momentary lead scored by Osimhen at the end, scoring an equalizer which still gives hope in terms of salvation for the Friulian club. The Azzurri started the dribble, and in the 16th minute they sent out the first sign of danger with the free kick from the midfield hit hard by Lindstrom towards the goal and defused by Okoye. However, it was a match that struggled to get going, with an orderly Udinese that in the 34th minute looked forward and found a shot from distance from Samardzic who turned his left but failed to find the target defended by Meret. The Bianconeri were dangerous, just like in the 44th minute, with Bijol picking up a dirty ball in the area and kicking it, but sending it just wide. The draw will hold until the 51st minute, with Politano putting in a poisonous cross from the right, which Osimhen heads to beat Okoye and put Napoli ahead. Udinese at a disadvantage but ready to respond, after less than ten minutes, with the new substitute Davis who centers from the right and lets the left-footed tracer go to which Meret is reactive in a dive.
End of the match in which Cannavaro's team increased possession and advanced transitions, leaving more space for Napoli who would also find the 2-0 in the 80th minute, again with Osimhen, however caught in an offside position by Var. Partenopei in control of the five final minutes of injury time but in the 92nd minute it was Success who scored the equalizer for the Bianconeri, with Zemura's change of field to serve Kristensen who from the right lane provided the assist for the connection and winning turn of the number 7. It was precisely the first goal in the championship of the Nigerian attacker to give an important point in the key to salvation for Cannavaro's Udinese, with Napoli thus condemned to a third draw in the last four matches.