(Italian league) Boos greet Napoli

Sports | 26 Nov 2018 11:58 am

Napoli's hopes of pushing Juventus all the way in the title race diminished yesterday and the boos rang out after they were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by bottom-of-the-table Chievo Verona.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are now already eight points behind Juventus, who beat Spal 2-0 on Saturday and look to be on an unstoppable march to a record-extending eighth Serie A title.

Napoli are also just a point ahead of third-placed Inter Milan, who also won on Saturday. It would not have been the buildup it wanted ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade.

The result saw Chievo move onto one point. They have managed four draws all season but were deducted three points in September for false accounting.

Napoli barely tested Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino in the first half and it was Chievo who went closest through Joel Obi.

The hosts improved after the break but Lorenzo Insigne could only hold his head in his hands after firing wide from close range. Inisgne went even closer with Napoli's best chance of the match but a trademark curling shot from the Italy international came off the far post.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLACES

Lazio held onto fourth place _ which carries the final Champions League berth _ with a last-gasp goal to earn a 1-1 draw with visiting AC Milan.

Joaquin Correa used chest control and a low volley to score in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Franck Kessie had put Milan ahead in the 78th with a shot that was deflected in by Lazio defender Wallace.

Also, Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu hit the post early on and Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made a spectacular one-handed save to keep out a powerful header from Wallace while Milan was leading.

Lazio remained one point ahead of Milan.

IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK

Empoli scored in stoppage time to complete an astonishing comeback from two goals down despite Francesco Caputo missing a penalty.

Matias Silvestre headed in a corner in the 92nd minute to secure a 3-2 win over 10-man Atalanta.

Atalanta, who had won the previous five matches, went 2-0 up thanks to goals from Remo Freuler and Hans Hateboer.

A second goal came seconds after Caputo had fired his spot kick off the crossbar following an Andrea Masiello handball.

Antonino La Gumina got Empoli back into the game shortly before halftime and also had a hand in the equalizer when Masiello deflected his effort into the back of the net.

Atalanta midfielder Josip Ilicic was sent off six minutes from time for dissent after he had a goal ruled out for offside.

Empoli moved a point clear of the relegation zone while Atalanta slipped to ninth.-AP

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