Unexpected Napoli loss could move up Juve celebration

Soccer 04/03/19, 14:24

Napoli's unexpected loss means Juventus is only two wins away from clinching a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.Injury-depleted Napoli was beaten 2-1 at relegation-threatened Empoli on Wednesday.Juventus, which won 2-0 at Cagliari on Tuesday, leads Napoli by 18 points with eight rounds remaining and the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker, ...

Insigne scores as Napoli beats Sampdoria 3-0 in Serie A

Soccer 02/02/19, 14:22

Lorenzo Insigne ended his goal drought as Napoli beat Sampdoria 3-0 on Saturday to keep Serie A leader Juventus within its sights.Arkadiusz Milik and Insigne scored quickfire goals in the first half and Simone Verdi added a late penalty as second-placed Napoli moved to eight points behind Juventus, which hosts ...

Napoli beats Spal 1-0 in Serie A ahead of Juventus vs. Roma

Soccer 12/22/18, 11:46

Napoli prepared for its midweek clash against Inter Milan with a 1-0 win over struggling Spal in Serie A on Saturday, although it was almost made to pay for its profligacy.Raul Albiol headed in during first-half stoppage time as Napoli moved to within five points of league leader Juventus, which ...

Sarri uses Napoli formula to ignite Chelsea’s title bid

Sports 12/10/18, 05:25

A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea's surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.Could the same happen under his successor this season?For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City ...

Napoli solidifies hold on 2nd with 4-0 win over Frosinone

Soccer 12/08/18, 14:26

Napoli is not only Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne.A 4-0 victory over promoted Frosinone on Saturday didn't include any goals from the southern club's standout strikers.Arkadiusz Milik scored twice, Faouzi Ghoulam provided two assists in his first match in more than a year, and Piotr Zielinski and Adam Ounas also ...

Late Milik goal helps Napoli beat Atalanta 2-1 in Serie A

Soccer 12/03/18, 16:38

Substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored five minutes from time and Napoli won 2-1 at Atalanta on Monday to keep alive its faint Serie A title hopes.Second-placed Napoli moved back within eight points of seven-time defending champion Juventus; and three points ahead of third-placed Inter Milan.Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring ...

Portugal qualifies for finals, Italy earn positives in draw

Soccer 11/17/18, 17:07

No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.Portugal drew with Italy 0-0 on Saturday to pick up the point it needed to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals and confirm it as host of the first Final Four in June.Portugal's Mario Rui, left, and Italy's Nicolo Barella jump for the ball during ...

Napoli fights back to beat Genoa 2-1 and stay close to Juve

Soccer 11/10/18, 18:19

In a match which had to be suspended for nearly 15 minutes because of rain, Napoli almost saw its Serie A title hopes washed away.Napoli fought back from a goal down and needed a late own goal to win at Genoa 2-1 on Saturday and keep within sight of leader ...

Mbappe and Buffon can’t beat Napoli in Champions League

Soccer 11/06/18, 18:14

After 180 minutes, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain finished dead even.Following a 2-2 draw in Paris two weeks ago, the teams finished 1-1 Tuesday in another riveting Champions League matchup.While it was PSG which needed a last-gasp equalizer in the first meeting, this time Lorenzo Insigne's penalty for Napoli canceled out ...

Mertens scores hat trick in Napoli’s 5-1 rout of Empoli

Soccer 11/02/18, 18:00

Dries Mertens scored a hat trick and Napoli warmed up for its Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain in impressive fashion by routing Empoli 5-1 on Friday.Napoli extended its unbeaten run at home in all competitions to 12 matches.Lorenzo Insigne and Arkadiusz Milik also found the net for Napoli, against ...

Di Maria’s goal saves PSG’s blushes in 2-2 draw with Napoli

Soccer 10/24/18, 17:13

Angel Di Maria rescued Paris Saint-Germain with a superb injury-time equalizer to salvage a 2-2 home draw with Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.The Argentina winger curled the ball past goalkeeper David Ospina into the top left corner to spare PSG a second loss in Group C.PSG's Neymar, left, ...

Italy leaves it late to earn 1st competitive win in a year

Soccer 10/14/18, 17:42

Italy is finally showing signs of emerging from its crisis, nearly a year after failing to qualify for the World Cup.Cristiano Biraghi's goal in stoppage time earned the Azzurri a much-needed 1-0 win in Poland on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League.Playing in Group 3 of League A, Poland became ...

Cutrone and 2 defenders leave Italy squad with injuries

Soccer 10/08/18, 10:05

Three injured players have left Italy's squad ahead of a friendly against Ukraine and a UEFA Nations League match at Poland.Forward Patrick Cutrone and defenders Alessio Romagnoli and Danilo D'Ambrosio were all ruled out with minor physical problems.Sampdoria defender Lorenzo Tonelli and Valencia fullback Cristiano Piccini were called up as ...

Ancelotti making all the right moves at Napoli

Soccer 10/07/18, 14:49

Carlo Ancelotti's constant lineup changes are paying off.Napoli has fielded a different starting 11 for each of its 10 matches in all competitions this season.Adam Ounas, the latest player to crack the lineup, made an immediate impact Sunday by scoring the first goal in Napoli's 2-0 win over Sassuolo on ...

Ancelotti ‘worthy of reputation’ as Napoli beats Liverpool

Soccer 10/04/18, 08:20

When Carlo Ancelotti was presented as Napoli coach a few months ago, he said he hoped this season would be remembered as the year he returned to Italian soccer.While it took Ancelotti some time to get Napoli playing the way he wants, the Partenopei put on their most impressive performance ...

Late Insigne strike earns Napoli 1-0 win over Liverpool

Soccer 10/03/18, 17:50

Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to give Napoli a 1-0 win over a surprisingly listless Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.Having threatened all night without anything to show for it besides Dries Mertens' volley off the crossbar, Napoli finally broke through when Insigne redirected a cross from ...

Late Insigne strike earns Napoli 1-0 win over Liverpool

Soccer 10/03/18, 17:14

Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to give Napoli a 1-0 win over a surprisingly listless Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.Having threatened all night without anything to show for it besides Dries Mertens' volley off the crossbar, Napoli finally broke through when Insigne redirected a cross from ...

Ancelotti putting his mark on Napoli; Roma struggling

Soccer 09/24/18, 06:03

Carlo Ancelotti is beginning to put his mark on Napoli.Ancelotti replaced Maurizio Sarri in the offseason and immediately began making changes.He has shifted Marek Hamsik back to a deep-lying playmaker role, and moved Lorenzo Insigne to a more central position. He also deployed a 4-4-2 formation against Torino rather than ...

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