the incredible collapse of Napoli in Empoli

Despite a two-goal lead ten minutes from the end, the Neapolitans lost to Empoli (3-2), which almost put an end to their hope of being champions.

Naples (3rd) sees its dreams of scudetto slipping away more and more after being scuttled in Empoli, losing 3-2 after having nevertheless led 2-0 until the 80th minute, Sunday during the 34th day of Serie A. The Neapolitan defense completely sank in the last ten minutes. The full-back Kevin Malcuit first lost a ball which allowed Empoli to come back to 2-1 by Liam Henderson (80th), then his goalkeeper Alex Meret was countered just in front of his own line by Andrea Pinamonti on the 2-2 (83rd).

The same Pinamonti, euphoric, then threw himself (88th) to conclude an improbable turnaround which left Napoli five points behind Inter Milan (1st) and four from AC Milan (2nd), with a match more to play for the two Milan teams. Until this nightmarish end to the match, Naples had however been the most effective in taking off thanks to Dries Mertens (44th) and Lorenzo Insigne (53rd). But Luciano Spalletti was betrayed this time by his defense, the strong point of the team this season, in the absence of the « rock » Kalidou Koulibaly, suspended.

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