Napoli returned to winning ways but only after Arkadiusz Milik’s stop-time strike and Matteo Politano finished the rebound to beat Udinese.

Ilija Nestorovski had the ball in the net after nine minutes but was offside without the need for a VAR interference.

Napoli had a string of less than encouraging attempts through Piotr Zielinski and Lorenzo Insigne but it was Udinese who took the lead on their first true attempt.

Nobody attempted to cut off the Marvin Zeegelaar pass from the left and Rodrigo De Paul rifled in from the edge of the penalty spot.

Instantly, when Juan Musso fingertips across the near-post, Mario Rui made a vicious left-foot drive but Dries Mertens went off after a backward push.

David Ospina grabbed a dangerous De Paul cross at the feet of Kevin Lasagna, as Milik stung Ospina’s gloves from afar.

Zielinski thought he ‘d scored against his former club with a shot from the edge of the net, but Musso fingered it at the bar’s underside, bouncing off the line and back out again. Goal-line technology was required to test this because the ball was at least halfway in.

De Paul certainly thought he should score 82 minutes after an error made by Eljif Elmas as Lasagna sent it out simply as he dinked it over Ospina but Kalidou Koulibaly got back for an outstanding goal-line clearance. It was lucky too, as he pushed it back to the upright and brought it down by the hop.

Instead, as Matteo Politano ‘s replacement clustered outside the box and struck a scorcher off the inside of the near post, Napoli stolen victory deep into stoppages, leaving Musso no shot at all.


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