A heavily disputed match between Udinese and Napoli was edged out by Gli Azzuri following a late goal from Tiémoué Bakayoko.
The Partenopei will be happy with their efficiency in Sunday’s game against Udinese. Once again, Gennaro Gattusso’s team created numerous opportunities. This time around though, they managed to gain the upper hand against their opponents.
Napoli started in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The squad selection and tactic was similar to the one used by Gattusso throughout most of the season.
On the other hand, Udinese began in a 3-5-1-1 designed to cause counterattacking problems for Gli Azzuri.
Napoli scored early on through a penalty converted by their most influential player, Lorenzo Insigne. The spot kick came as a result of a poorly timed tackle from Bonifazi on Hirving Lozano.
While Napoli continued to create goal-scoring chances, Udinese proved dangerous on the counterattack. In the 27th minute, Amir Rrahmani blundered a pass towards the keeper. Fast-paced striker Kevin Lasagna latched on to the ball to bring Udinese back on level pegging.
Both teams enjoyed their fair share of chances throughout the match. Napoli may have been the more persistent and this paid off in the dying minutes. Mario Rui’s cross was headed in by Tiémoué Bakayoko in the 90th minute. It’s the midfielder’s first goal of the season.
The victory sees Napoli climb to 6th place for the time being. Meanwhile, Udinese is in 14th place having failed to win in Serie A since November.