Napoli substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored with a elegant volley three minutes after coming off the bench to snatch a late and treasured 2-1 win at Atalanta in Serie A on Monday.
Napoli’s win — coming at one of the crucial tough venues within the league the place third-positioned Inter Milan had been thumped four-1 three weeks in the past — minimize leaders Juventus’s benefit again to eight factors.
A sometimes flowing Napoli transfer started with Allan enjoying an extended crossfield ball to Mario Rui, who drove a low, highly effective ball behind the defence to Milik within the space.
The Poland worldwide, who had changed Dries Mertens, flicked the ball up together with his first contact after which volleyed previous goalkeeper Etrit Berisha with 5 minutes left.
It was Milik’s fifth league objective of the season, though the 24-year-outdated has solely began seven of Napoli’s 14 video games.
“Milik has had a tough time as a result of he has not performed frequently. He deserved a night like this,” mentioned Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Napoli, held zero-zero at house by backside membership Chievo of their earlier sport, took a second-minute lead when Fabian Ruiz turned in Lorenzo Insigne’s cross.
Atalanta got here roaring again and equalised within the 56th minute when Duvan Zapata scored towards his outdated membership, blasting his shot previous fellow Colombian David Ospina from shut vary.
Napoli’s closing cross typically allow them to down as they loved the higher of the final half hour.
“It was an vital response from the gamers,” mentioned Ancelotti, who has returned to Italian soccer after a 9-12 months absence. “You can’t at all times play spectacular soccer. Bergamo is at all times a tough journey.
“They had been very aggressive and compelled us to play a sport which was totally different to the one we had ready.”
Juve, chasing an eighth successive title, have 40 factors from a attainable 42 after their three-zero win at Fiorentina on Saturday, with Napoli on 32 and Inter Milan on 29.
Juventus host Inter of their subsequent sport on Friday.