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Serie A: El Shaarawy's Late Goal Earns Roma Draw Against Title-Chasing Napoli

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Napoli's bid for a first Serie A title in 32 years suffered a massive setback on Monday as Stephan El Shaarawy's injury-time equaliser snatched a 1-1 draw for Roma.

Lorenzo Insigne's early penalty looked to have put third-placed Napoli on track to move within two points of league leaders AC Milan with five matches remaining, but El Shaarawy's late intervention left them four points behind.

Reigning champions Inter Milan are two points behind their city rivals in second place, but with a game in hand.

Luciano Spalletti's Napoli are hoping to lift a first Scudetto since the second Diego Maradona-inspired triumph in 1990, but this bad-tempered draw could prove decisive come to the end of the campaign.

"There is a bit of disappointment," Spalletti told the press. "We did not manage to keep the ball as I had hoped at the end of the match and we conceded a largely avoidable goal."

The point was not much help to the top-four hopes of Jose Mourinho's Roma, who missed the chance to cut the gap to fourth-placed Juventus to three points.

It has been a potentially ruinous spell for Napoli, following a 3-2 home loss to Fiorentina last time out.

Napoli took the lead in the 11th minute at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona after Hirving Lozano ran onto a ball into the box and was challenged from behind by Roma defender Roger Ibanez.

The referee initially did not award a penalty, but after a VAR review, he pointed to the spot and Insigne picked out the bottom corner to score his ninth league goal of the season.

The home side could have doubled their advantage in the 20th minute, but Victor Osimhen's shot was blocked by Chris Smalling and visiting goalkeeper Rui Patricio pushed away Lozano's follow-up effort.

Roma almost equalised against the run of play before half-time as Osimhen flicked Lorenzo Pellegrini's free-kick against his own crossbar.

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Serie A 2021/2022 TABLE

Serie A
No Teams P Pts
1 AC Milan 38 86
2 Inter Milan 38 84
3 Napoli 38 79
4 Juventus 38 70
5 Lazio 38 64
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Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli commonly referred to as Napoli is an Italian professional football club based in Naples, Campania...

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