Fiorentina 0-2 Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne penalty and Lorenzo Venuti own goal post pressure on Juventus

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Fiorentina 0-2 Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne penalty kick and Lorenzo Venuti own goal give Juventus pressure for Champions League qualification for the Serie A final

  • Napoli faced Fiorentina on Sunday in Tuscany, the penultimate match of the semester
  • A goalless first 45 passed before host-goalkeeper Bartlomiej Drągowski was sent off
  • Lorenzo Insigne fired the next penalty kick for Lorenzo Venuti’s own goal
  • Napoli is now in a strong position to enter the top four battle on the final day

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne scored to help his side beat 10-man Fiorentina 2-0 and reach third place in Serie A on Sunday as they hunt for a spot in the Champions League.

The win puts Gennaro Gattuso’s side at 76 points, one point ahead of AC Milan and Juventus in fourth and fifth place respectively, before Milan hosts Cagliari later on Sunday.

Napoli is guaranteed a place in next season’s Champions League when they win their last game of the season at home against Hellas Verona next Sunday.

Lorenzo Insigne scored on Sunday to bolster Napoli’s bid for a spot in the Champions League

Insigne scored from eleven meters after goalkeeper Bartlomiej Drągowski received a red card

Insigne scored from eleven meters after goalkeeper Bartlomiej Drągowski received a red card

Juventus had beaten champions Inter Milan on Saturday to come out above Napoli, who therefore traveled to Florence and needed a win to make sure they advance to the final round in one of four Champions League qualifying positions.

Napoli was frustrated with the 13th-seeded hosts in the first half when goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano fended off Piotr Zielinski’s attack and Insigne’s free kick rattled the bar, while Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic ended a header for offside.

The breakthrough came after 57 minutes when Napoli received a penalty kick for a shirt from a corner kick after a VAR assessment.

FIO V NAP MATCH FACTS

Fiorentina: Terracciano; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Caceres; Venuti, Bonaventura (Callejon 77), Pulgar, Castrovilli (Eysseric 66), Biraghi (Igor 66); Vlahovic, Ribery (Kouame 83)

Naples: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Rrahmani, Hysaj; Fabian Ruiz, Bakayoko; Politano (Lozano 76), Zielinski (Mertens 76), L Insigne; Osimhen (Petagna 84)

Ref: Abyss

Piotr Zielinski's curling shot was deflected into the net by Lorenzo Venuti to double the lead

Piotr Zielinski’s curling shot was deflected into the net by Lorenzo Venuti to double the lead

Gennaro Gattuso's side is in the middle of Verona, where they have to improve the result of Juventus

Gennaro Gattuso’s side is in the middle of Verona, where they have to improve the result of Juventus

Amid passionate protests against the decision, Viola substitute Bartlomiej Dragowski was given an outright red card for his response.

Insigneas tame spot kick was saved, but he shot in the rebound, and Italy’s winger was close to a second when he was again denied by the woodwork with a low shot hitting the post.

Napoli doubled their lead in the 67th minute when Insigne delivered a pass to Zielinski, whose first attack took a big deflection from Lorenzo Venuti on his way in and was awarded as an own goal to round out the points.

Fiorentina has already survived Serie A, but fought hard to stop Napoli

Fiorentina has already survived Serie A, but fought hard to stop Napoli

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