Napoli bolsters Champions League chances with rout of Udinese

Piotr Zielinski of SCC Napoli celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on May 11, 2021 in Naples, Italy.

NAPLES, Italy - Napoli boosted its chances of qualifying for the Champions League by routing Udinese 5-1 on Tuesday to move into second place in Serie A.

Gennaro Gattuso's side moved a point ahead of Atalanta and AC Milan, with Juventus four points further back. Those three teams play on Wednesday and there are then two rounds remaining.

The top four from Serie A qualify for next season's Champions League.

Napoli dominated from the start and Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring in the 28th minute, firing home a rebound after a Juan Musso save on Victor Osimhen, before setting up a second for Fabian Ruiz three minutes later.

Stefano Okaka pulled one back for mid-table Udinese shortly before halftime but Hirving Lozano and Giovanni Di Lorenzo extended Napoli's advantage after the break.

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne hit the woodwork late on but got his goal in stoppage time as he controlled an attempted clearance with his chest before firing powerfully into the bottom corner.


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