Napoli's title hopes take major blow with defeat
Napoli 2 - 4 Roma

Napoli's title hopes take major blow with defeat

05/03/2018

Edin Dzeko scored twice as Roma dealt a major blow to Napoli's hopes of winning the Serie A title with a 4-2 victory at Stadio San Paolo.

Napoli, who last won the Scudetto in 1990, led reigning champions Juventus by four points before the Bianconeri closed the gap to one -- and still with a game in hand -- following their dramatic 1-0 triumph at Lazio earlier on Saturday.

It looked like Napoli were set fair to re-establish their advantage when Lorenzo Insigne poked home a sixth-minute opener.

But Roma responded immediately through Cengiz Under, who made it six goals from six outings with his clever chipped finish. Former Manchester City striker Dzeko completed the turnaround before half-time.

After the break Dzeko delivered the best goal of the night, the Bosnian cutting inside and finding the inside of the far post after receiving Aleksandar Kolarov's pass.

Diego Perotti added a fourth for Roma thanks to a mistake by Mario Rui and Napoli forward Dries Mertens did not even bother celebrating when he cut the deficit from close range in stoppage time.

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri said he did not immediately understand how Roma were able to cut through their defence so efficiently.

"I'll have to watch the game again, because from the touchline there were many positives. We had 26 shots on goal and 13 on target," Sarri told Mediaset Premium. "We have to work out how Roma, who had eight touches in our penalty area throughout the game, managed to score four goals so easily. It's something we need to look at.

"Our fans know that we are not the strongest club in Italian football, but we're doing well regardless. I thank them for cheering us on and applauding after the final whistle, as they know we are giving our all."

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