Matchday 14 Serie A saw Napoli’s success to keep the top of the table blessed by Maradona spirit as at the same time Milan slumped to an unlikely defeat at home.
Il Partenopei finally secured their status as the sole league leaders after several weeks sharing the same points with AC Milan. On their last fixture wearing Maradona shirt special edition, it was like the spirit of El Diego himself helped Luciano Spaletti’s men trash Lazio 4-0. Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring, followed by Dries Merten’s brace. Lazio had at least two chances through Luis Alberto’s long range shot and Rodrigo Acerbi’s header. Unfortunately, both were denied by David Ospina and hit the crossbar respectively. At the second half, Fabian Ruiz’s goal sealed their victory at their home turf in honour of their Argentine legend as well as ended their negative trend in November.
Napoli vs Lazio 4-0
Goals: Piotr Zielinski (7), Dries Mertens (10, 29), Fabian Ruiz (85)
Napoli: David Ospina – Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui (Faouzi Ghoulam 86), Rrahmani – Fabian Ruiz (Kevin Malcuit 86), Lobotka, Piotr Zielinski (Diego Demme 73) - Hirving Lozano (Eljif Elmas 65), Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens (Andrea Petagna 64)
Lazio: Manuel Reina – Felipe, Rodrigo Acerbi, Hysaj, Patric (Manuel Lazzari 46) – Luis Alberto, Daniel Cataldi (Lucas Leiva 75), Serge Milenkovic-Savic (Toma Basic 61) – Ciro Immobile, Pedro Rodriguez (Raul Moro 75), Felipe Anderson (Manuel Zaccagni 55)
At the same time, their rival, AC Milan surprisingly lost 3-1 at home against Sassuolo. They could not continue their positive form in Wanda Metropolitano while beating Atletico Madrid in UCL here in San Siro. Despite taking the lead first through Alessio Romagnoli’s header, they conceded three times afterwards through Ricardo Scamacca, Simon Kjaer’s own goal and Domenico Berardi. They are now three points adrift from Lorenzo Insigne and Co. Another giant who also suffered a home defeat last weekend was Juventus. A single goal from Duvan Zapata gave Atalanta their first victory in Juventus’ home since 1989. La Dea remains strong on the fourth with three-point difference from Inter Milan while Juventus are stuck on the seventh in the standings.
Roma vs Torino 1-0
Empoli vs Fiorentina 2-1
Spezia vs Bologna 0-1
Sampdoria vs Verona 3-1
Udinese vs Genoa 0-0
Venezia vs Inter 0-2
Cagliari vs Salernitana 1-1