The Naples added its second consecutive draw (1-1) against a Lecce who put the Neapolitans in trouble in the first half, but who ended up locked in his area defending what is his second point of the season after four days of Serie A.
The Naples received at home Leccerecently promoted in a game that was presented as a formality for the Partenopeos and as a perfect opportunity to reconnect with the path of victory in a forceful way after the doubts sown against Fiorentina last day.
The local team took the reins at the start, but the players quickly realized that what promised to be a quiet game was going to be one of the most disputed of the team so far.
A Lecce without complexes
Ndombele Y Anguissa they were unable to maintain their initial dominance and gradually gave way to an unapologetic Lecce that grew rapidly, feeling like an equal against a team that was seeking the top spot in Serie A.
Although the game was being played, there weren’t too many chances or plot twists before minute 22, when a clumsy Ndombele he committed a penalty when trying to clear a dead ball in the area.
Penalty saved by Meret
Colombo positioned himself from eleven meters to convert, so focused that when he beat meret the referee was forced to annul the goal because he had not given permission to take the maximum penalty. Colombo He can not believe it. He already with more nerves he returned to place the ball on the penalty spot but, this time, meret he guessed the shot and kept the score tied.
The ruling pushed the Napleswho breathed a sigh of relief. The double penalty served as a double warning for the ‘azzurri’, who put in one more gear and in a minute they were already ahead. The more, in a clear marking error by the visiting defense, a loose ball was found on the edge of the small area that, without opposition beyond that of the rival goalkeeper, he introduced without problems to make it 1-0. Too much punishment for a Lecce That, yes, he was not going to give up so quickly.
Colombo retaliates with a great goal
And it is that in minute 30, eight minutes after the missed penalty and with a goal conceded in between, Colombo he retaliated for his failure with a work of art in the form of a left-footed shot from outside the area. The Italian received between the lines and after a quick turn he struck down the Neapolitan squad to restore equality on the scoreboard.
Spalletti gave entrance to Zielinsky, Lobotka Y Kvaratskhelia, untouchable for the Italian coach -today rotating-, before the first ten minutes of the second half were completed. He noticed it Napleswhich especially with ‘Kvara‘ gains in depth and association with Osihmensomething only in today’s game, well covered by Lecce’s defense.
Despite the good work of Naples, who had chances to make it 2-1, the nerves and tension increased. After an impeccable start to the campaign in terms of game and results, two draws in a row could begin to generate doubts around the project.
The ‘Cholito’, to the rescue
entered the ‘cholito‘ With five minutes left to add troops in attack in search of the relief goal. But for him Lecce it was too valuable a point in their return to Serie A to lose and they gave up the attack. The eleven players were locked in their own field, sometimes up to nine inside the small area, creating an impregnable fort that the Naples failed to knock down.
This is the classification of the Italian Serie A.
Naples: meret; Di Lorenzo, Ostigård, Kim Min-Jae, Mathías Olivera; Ndombele (Zerbin, 46′), Zambo Anguissa (Giovanni Simeone, 85′); Politano (Hirving Lozano, 72′), Elmas (Kvaratskhelia, 56′), Raspadori (Zielinski, 46′) and Osimhen
Lecce: Falcone; Gendrey, Pezzella, Baschirotto, Tuia; Hjulmand, Helgason (Joan González, 46′), Askildsen (Espeto, 62′); Di Francesco (Blin, 62′), Banda (Listkowski, 76′) and Colombo (Ceesay, 70′)
goals: 1-0 Elmas (27′), 1-1 Colombo (31′)
cards: YELLOW: Politano (13′), Hjulmand (33′), Colombo (40′), Gendrey (96′), Joan González (96′)
Referee: Matteo Marcenaro
spectators: 40,000 at the Diego Armando Maradona
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