Fiorentina 0-2 Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne spot-kick and Lorenzo Venuti own-goal pile the pressure onto Juventus for Champions League qualification going into Serie A final day
- Napoli faced Fiorentina in Tuscany on Sunday, the penultimate game of the term
- A goalless first 45 passed before hosts keeper Bartlomiej Drągowski was sent-off
- Lorenzo Insigne fired the following penalty before Lorenzo Venuti’s own-goal
- Napoli are now left in a strong position going into the final day top-four battle
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne scored to help his side beat 10-man Fiorentina 2-0 and move into third place in the Serie A table on Sunday as they chase a Champions League spot.
The win leaves Gennaro Gattusoâs side on 76 points, one point ahead of AC Milan and Juventus in fourth and fifth respectively, before Milan host Cagliari later on Sunday.
Napoli will be guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League if they win their final game of the season at home to Hellas Verona next Sunday.
Lorenzo Insigne scored on Sunday to strengthen Napoli’s bid for a Champions League spot
Insigne scored from the penalty spot after keeper Bartlomiej Drągowski was shown a red card
Juve had beaten champions Inter Milan on Saturday to move above Napoli, who therefore travelled to Florence needing a victory to ensure they would go into the final round of fixtures in one of the four Champions League qualifying positions.
Napoli were frustrated by the 13th-placed hosts in the first half as goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano kept out Piotr Zielinski’s strike and Insigneâs free-kick rattled the bar, while Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic had a header ruled out for offside.
The breakthrough came after 57 minutes when Napoli were awarded a penalty for a shirt pull at a corner following a VAR review.
FIO V NAP MATCH FACTS
Fiorentina: Terracciano; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Venuti, Bonaventura (Callejon 77), Pulgar, Castrovilli (Eysseric 66), Biraghi (Igor 66); Vlahovic, Ribery (Kouame 83)
Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Rrahmani, Hysaj; Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko; Politano (Lozano 76), Zielinski (Mertens 76), L Insigne; Osimhen (Petagna 84)
Piotr Zielinski’s curling shot was deflected into the net by Lorenzo Venuti to double the lead
Gennaro Gattuso’s side face mid-table Verona, where they will need to better Juventus’ result
Amid passionate protests against the decision, Viola substitute Bartlomiej Dragowski was shown a straight red card for his reaction.
Insigneas tame spot kick was saved but he fired home the rebound, and the Italy winger was close to a second when denied by the woodwork again with a low shot that struck the post.
Napoli doubled their advantage on the 67th minute when Insigne laid off a pass to Zielinski, whose first-time strike took a big deflection off Lorenzo Venuti on its way in and was awarded as an own goal to wrap up the points.
Fiorentina have already secured Serie A survival but fought hard to stop Napoli in their tracks
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