3 points on Via del Mare helps Napoli temporarily increase the gap with the 2nd ranked team (Lazio) to 19 points and play more games, while the season only has 9 rounds.
On the day Victor Osimhen was absent, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was blockaded, the hero of Napoli was Antonino Gallo. In the 25th minute, Lecce’s full-back fumbled for an own goal after Mario Rui’s not-so-dangerous cross. This was also the moment that sealed a 2-1 victory for Napoli.
Before that, the away team opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Kim Min-jae suddenly rose up on the right wing and hung the ball just in range for Giovanni Di Lorenzo to jump high and hit the home net.
After the goal, Napoli reduced the tempo. Lecce took the opportunity to rise early in the second half. In the 52nd minute, Federico Di Francesco took advantage of Stanislav Lobotka’s awkward defense to turn and finish, leveling 1-1.
Sharing with the media in the post-match press conference, coach Luciano Spalletti said: “It is not easy to win after the defeat against Milan last week, not to mention the Napoli squad has many injuries. Three points. Having today gives us peace of mind towards the next matches.”
Regarding the injury situation of striker Osimhen, who scored 25 goals in 29 matches for Napoli this season, Mr. Spalletti revealed that the student has recovered, which is likely to reappear in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Milan. . According to the Italian strategist, Osimhen was able to do some basic running movements. Before that, the 24-year-old spearhead had a thigh injury.
In return, Giovanni Simeone is in danger of missing the match against Milan. The Argentine striker came on in the second half to replace Raspadori, but suffered a knee injury and had to leave the field later.
Beating Lecce, Napoli will rest for a few days, before entering the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League against Milan. A few days ago, the home team of Diego Armando Maradona was beaten 4-0 by the opponent in the red and black striped shirt in Serie A.
Tuan Nguyen | 05:58 08/04/2023