Napoli and Roma grab wins with late goals

Lorenzo Insigne of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 0-1 goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Olimpico on February 27, 2022 in Rome, Italy.


Departing Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has scored one goal and set up a stoppage-time winner to help his side beat Lazio 2-1 and move level on points with AC Milan at the top of Serie A.

The top two will clash next weekend.

Just as it seemed as though Pedro's late equaliser would prevent Napoli from moving top, Fabian Ruiz combined with Insigne to score the winner in the fourth minute of added time.

All the players, including those on the bench and the staff, ran to celebrate in front of the visiting supporters.

Insigne, who is leaving Napoli at the end of the season after 15 years to join Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, had scored the opener in the 62nd minute.

Napoli moved above Milan, who they defeated 1-0 in December, with head-to-head the first tiebreaker if sides are level on points at the end of the season.

Sunday's game was a high-tempo affair with plenty of chances for both teams, but Napoli broke the deadlock when Elif Elmas laid off the ball for Insigne, who sent a fierce strike into the bottom right corner.

Lazio levelled two minutes from time when a free kick was headed out by Napoli but only as far as Pedro, who volleyed the ball into the back of the net.

However, Napoli weren't to be denied as Elmas again laid off the ball to Insigne and the Napoli captain set up Fabian Ruiz for a magnificent curled strike into the bottom left corner.

Tammy Abraham scored a penalty deep into stoppage time to end Roma's winless run as the capital side scraped a 1-0 victory at 10-man Spezia.

Abraham's penalty came in the ninth minute of second-half injury time, after Roma had hit the woodwork four times and wasted a number of chances.

Spezia played with 10 men after defender Kelvin Amian was sent off at the end of the first half.

Roma have moved up to sixth, six points behind fourth-place Juventus, while Spezia are four points off the relegation zone.

Roma had already hit the post twice and the woodwork again denied Roma in a frantic finale as Nicolo Zaniolo twice hit the crossbar in the same move before Spezia managed to get it away in a goalmouth scramble.

However, the referee reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor and awarded a penalty after spotting that Giulio Maggiore had caught Zaniolo in the face with a high boot as the Roma midfielder was diving for a header for the first of his attempts that hit the bar.

Abraham kept his cool to drill the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Meanwhile, Giovanni Simeone scored his first goals since mid-December with a second-half hat-trick to help Verona beat relegation-threatened Venezia 3-1.

Venezia slipped into the drop zone, three points behind Cagliari after the Sardinian side won 2-1 at Torino.

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