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From bad to worse: Napoli fell 1-0 to Empoli for matchday 17 of the Italian Serie A

Napoli once again brought out its most irregular version in Serie A, and fell by the slightest difference to Empoli, at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. With this result, the locals began to give up positions at the top of the Italian classification. The Mexican forward Hirving lozano He couldn’t do much to prevent his own from falling.

Luciano Spalletti’s team, who was not on the bench due to suspension, dominated the match, but could not break down the wall of an Empoli that, with a goal from Patrick Cutrone 20 minutes from time, was confirmed as a true “giant killer” in this season.

The Tuscan side had already managed to beat Juventus at the Allianz Stadium this season and sealed their fifth victory away from home, after those of Turin, Cagliari, Salerno and Sassuolo. A great result for Empoli, which is increasingly differentiating itself from the last in the table.

The Neapolitan team shook the crossbar in the first half, with Macedonian Eljf Elmas, and shot a post in the second with Andrea Petagna, without being able to break down the wall of Aurelio Andreazzoli’s team.

The Napoli, who could not count on the Spanish Fabián Ruiz, out due to injury, lost a great opportunity to catch up with Milan, the momentary leader, who did not go past 1-1 this Saturday in the Udinese field.

This draw brought him down to fourth place, as Atalanta overtook him in the table thanks to their 2-1 victory in Verona. Inter Milan, who host Cagliari this Sunday, can take the lead alone.



The ‘Blues’, who are in third place with 36 units, come to this match after losing 3-2 to Atalanta. Until minute 76, they were winning 2-1, however, they turned the score around in their own home and that left a bad taste in the fans.

For this reason, the squad led by Luciano Spalletti is obliged to win so as not to lose step to the leader that is AC Milan and register 38 points. A win against Empoli and a series of results would allow Napoli to finish at the top of the table after the end of the date.

Napoli vs. Empoli: opening hours

  • Peru: 12:00 pm
  • Ecuador: 12:00 pm
  • Colombia: 12:00 pm
  • Mexico: 11:00 pm
  • Chile: 2:00 pm
  • Argentina: 2:00 pm
  • Uruguay: 2:00 pm

Napoli vs. Empoli: channels

  • Peru: Star Plus
  • Ecuador: Star Plus
  • Colombia: Star Plus
  • Chile: Star Plus
  • Argentina: Star Plus
  • Uruguay: Star Plus

The ‘Partenopeos’ reached this match after beating Leicester City (3-2) in the middle of the week for the UEFA Champions League. That victory allowed him to qualify for the ‘play-off’ (round of 32 of the tournament). However, in that match, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano was injured, who will be out against the ‘Zorros’.

“The instrumental tests carried out on Hirving Lozano, after the injury he suffered during the game against Leicester, gave a negative result. The footballer suffered a non-concussion craniofacial trauma ”, the club explained on its Twitter account.

For its part, Empoli marches in 11th place with 23 units and arrives motivated to this match after beating Udinese 3-1. In addition, add three games without knowing defeat (two wins and a draw).

The squad led by Aurelio Andreazzoli has been very irregular throughout the tournament in which he has added 7 wins, two draws and seven losses. The team is obliged not to stumble again if it wishes to qualify for an international tournament at the end of the season.

The last time both teams met was on January 13 of this year. Napoli beat Empoli 3-1 in a match valid for the Italian Cup.

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