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Napoli see off Hellas Verona to keep the pressure on AC Milan at the top of Serie A

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Hellas Verona 1-2 Napoli: Victor Osimhen scores in both halves as Luciano Spalletti’s side pick up an important win to close the gap to AC Milan to three points at the top of Serie A

  • Victor Osimhen scored twice for Napoli to give his side a crucial three points
  • Marco Davide Faraoni pulled a goal back for Verona with 13 minutes remaining
  • The hosts had Federico Ceccherini and Faraoni sent off in the closing stages

Napoli climbed to second in Serie A after a double from Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen fired them to a 2-1 win at Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Osimhen made the difference in a tight match in Verona, heading the visitors in front in the 14th minute after darting across his man.

Verona applied plenty of pressure after the break, with Osimhen feeling the effects of one of several robust Verona challenges, before Napoli’s top goalscorer recovered to double his side’s lead with 19 minutes left.

Victor Osimhen headed Napoli in front in the first half as he met Matteo Politano's cross

Victor Osimhen headed Napoli in front in the first half as he met Matteo Politano’s cross

A spirited Verona refused to give in and got back into the contest as captain Davide Faraoni headed home, but Federico Ceccherini’s sending off for two bookable offences seven minutes from time ended their hopes of completing the turnaround.

The victory took Luciano Spalletti’s title chasers on to 60 points from 29 matches played, three points behind leaders AC Milan and two ahead of Inter, who play Torino later on Sunday. Verona stay ninth.

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