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Late Simeone goal sees Napoli beat Roma

Published on: 29 January 2023

Victor Osimhen's 14th league goal of the season gave Napoli an early advantage

Giovanni Simeone's late goal helped Napoli to a narrow win over Roma and saw them open up a 13-point gap at the top of Serie A.

Victor Osimhen's volley gave Luciano Spalletti's side an early lead but Roma levelled through Stephan El Shaarawy.

However the hosts, chasing a first Scudetto since 1990 and the days of Diego Maradona, pressed for a winner.

And Simeone's turn away from Chris Smalling and effort into the top corner proved decisive.

Napoli now have 53 points from 20 games, with Inter Milan a distant second on 40 points after their 2-1 win at Cremonese on Saturday. Roma are sixth in the table, one point off the Champions League places.

Meanwhile, defending champions AC Milan slipped out of the top four after suffering a 5-2 thrashing at home to struggling Sassuolo.

Stefano Pioli's side are on a four-match winless run in the Italian top flight and have conceded 12 goals in their last three matches in all competitions.

Domenico Berardi, Gregoire Defrel, Davide Frattesi, Armand Lauriente and Matheus Henrique all scored for the visitors as the Rossoneri conceded five at the San Siro for the first time in Serie A since April 1997, with Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi replying for the hosts.

"We have to react, we're probably not going to win the title again but we have to fight to qualify for the Champions League," Pioli told Sky Italia.

Juventus fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Monza to leave them languishing in 13th, while Lazio played out a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina to move up to third in the table.

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Formation 4-3-3

1Meret22Di Lorenzo13Rrahmani3Kim Min-jae6Mário Rui99Zambo Anguissa68Lobotka20Zielinski11Lozano9Osimhen77Kvaratskhelia

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Formation 3-4-2-1

1Rui Patrício23Mancini6Smalling3Ibañez da Silva59Zalewski4Cristante8Matic37Spinazzola21Dybala7Pellegrini9Abraham

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    11Belotti17Viña18Solbakken20Camara24Kumbulla52Bove62Volpato63Boer68Tahirovic92El Shaarawy99Svilar

Referee:Daniele OrsatoMatch StatsHome TeamNapoliAway TeamRomaPossessionHome57%Away43%ShotsHome11Away11Shots on TargetHome6Away3CornersHome3Away8FoulsHome8Away14Live Text Post update

Match ends, Napoli 2, Roma 1.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Roma 1.

90'+7'Post update

Attempt blocked. Gianluca Mancini (Roma) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy with a cross.

90'+6'Post update

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Stanislav Lobotka.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by Giovanni Simeone (Napoli).

90'+5'Post update

Ibañez (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Eljif Elmas (Napoli).

90'+3'Post update

Gianluca Mancini (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Napoli. Tanguy Ndombélé replaces Piotr Zielinski.

90'+1'Post update

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Ibañez.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt saved. Giacomo Raspadori (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathías Olivera.

90'Post update

Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma).


Substitution, Roma. Cristian Volpato replaces Bryan Cristante.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Edoardo Bove (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrea Belotti with a headed pass.


Goal! Napoli 2, Roma 1. Giovanni Simeone (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Piotr Zielinski.


Substitution, Roma. Benjamin Tahirovic replaces Nemanja Matic.


Substitution, Roma. Edoardo Bove replaces Lorenzo Pellegrini.

83'Post update

Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83'Post update

Foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

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