Courtesy of goals from Jose Callejon and Arkadiusz Milik, Partenopei emerge victorious 2-1 against Lazio at San Paolo. This win thus results in Napoli to reduce their difference with Juventus to just six points in the Serie A table.
Two goals in the space of three minutes in the first half by Callejon and Milik had looked to guide Napoli to a comfortable win against the visitors, however, Ciro Immobile brought back the visiting team after a calm and composed finish but after Francesco Acerbi was sent off for a second yellow card, the visitors could not level the match with Napoli winning the contest 2-1 after the conclusion of 90 minutes.
Within the first five minutes, Alex Meret, the Napoli goalkeeper was called into action after a header by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic almost went past the top left corner. Minutes later, the hosts would have been 1-0 up after Milik struck a left footed shot from the centre of the box that directly hit the left post of the goal, however, the ball swayed away for a goal kick.
Milik looked continuously threatening for the Lazio as his number of efforts almost went past goal to handover Napoli a lead. However, in the 34th minute, Napoli did lead the proceedings after Jose Callejon managed to hit past the goalkeeper to the bottom right corner from the centre of the box. A couple of seconds later, Francesco Acerbi was shown a yellow card after a bad foul by the Italian on Callejon near the attacking half.
Milik took over the set-piece duty and doubled Napoli’s lead after he curled an extravagant free-kick into the top corner from a distance of 25-yards.
Fabian Ruiz smacked a thunderous left-foot shot at the top of the post early in the second half, however, Immobile brought back the visitors into the game in the 65th minute through a shot between the legs of defender Raul Albiol. The Blancocelesti’s chances of levelling the game was dealt a severe blow after Acerbi was shown a second yellow in the match for a late tackle on Callejon and was hence sent off.
With this win, Napoli are placed second in the league six points behind Juventus who are yet to play a game, while Inter the third-placed side in Serie A trail the team from Naples by seven points. Lazio are now fifth in the table behind city-rivals Roma who lead Lazio by one point.