Napoli moved seven points clear at the top of Serie A on Sunday after their win against at 10-man Sampdoria while AS Roma scored two late goals to earn a draw AC Milan.

The latest results means Napoli, who have been in a terrific form this season, top the table with 44 points followed by 37 points each for Juventus and Milan. However, The Old Lady are second ranked due to better goal difference.

Meanwhile, Inter with 34 points currently occupies the fourth place – the Champions League spot. However, they are just ahead of Lazio and Roma – both sitting 31 points while Atalanta – with 28 points but still have one game in hand against Bologna – later on Monday are currently making the list of top seven teams eligible to qualify for the European football.    

It was Victor Osimhen who poked Napoli ahead in the 19th minute before Eljif Elmas sealed the points with a perfectly-place penalty with eight minutes remaining at a soaking Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa.

Napoli now have Juventus as their next assignment Friday on match day 18 which marks the completion of half of the season.

After netting his 10th league goal of the season Nigeria foward Osimhen was also the victim of a brutal foul from Tomas Rincon, who was sent off in the 38th minute for chopping the 24-year-old down as he charged towards goal.

Luciano Spalletti’s side bounced back from their defeat at Inter Milan on Wednesday and dampened an emotional evening for Sampdoria whose fans said goodbye to two of their most popular former players – Gianluca Vialli and Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Vialli’s death to pancreatic cancer on Friday at the age of 58 was particularly painful for supporters as the former Italy forward is one of Sampdoria s all-time greats and a key figure in their only league title triumph in 1991.

Mihajlovic, who played for Sampdoria in the mid-1990s and later managed the club, succumbed to leukemia last month and Sunday s match was their first home fixture since he passed away.

And at San Siro, the visitors from Rome pulled an unexpected equaliser after scoring two late goals despite a dominating performance by Rossoneri.

Pierre Kalulu’s first-half header and Tomaso Pobega’s goal had given the hosts a deserved, commanding lead. But, disaster struck in the 87th as Roger Ibanez halved the deficit for Roma, who had never threatened before then. Tammy Abraham it was who scored the unexpected equaliser deep into stoppage time.

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