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Napoli sunk by Champions League rivals Atalanta | The Guardian Nigeria News

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Napoli’s Champions League hopes took an enormous blow with Saturday’s 3-0 house humbling by Atalanta because the outgoing Serie A title holders confirmed assist for Juan Jesus after a racism controversy.

First-half targets from Aleksei Miranchuk and Gianluca Scamacca and a late Teun Koopmeiners strike boosted sixth-placed Atalanta’s personal probabilities of a spot in Europe’s high membership competitors.

Francesco Calzona’s Napoli keep seventh and 9 factors behind Bologna who’re fourth and presently within the remaining Champions League spot forward of their house fixture with rock-bottom Salernitana on Easter Monday.

Napoli are additionally six factors behind fifth-placed Roma with the capital membership at Lecce on Monday and Italy in a very good place to get an additional spot in subsequent season’s revamped Champions League.

Each Roma and Bologna must journey south for matches on the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona earlier than the top of the marketing campaign, whereas Atalanta lurk some extent behind Roma with a sport in hand on their rivals.

Napoli’s gamers took the knee in assist of their teammate Jesus in the course of the pre-match enjoying of the Serie A anthem whereas followers shouted “no to racism” from the stands.

Jesus and Napoli had been shocked by the Italian Soccer Federation’s disciplinary tribunal clearing Inter Milan defender Francesco Acerbi of racist abuse for lack of proof.

Acerbi had been accused of directing a racial slur at Jesus throughout Napoli’s 1-1 draw at Inter earlier than the worldwide break, a declare the Italy defender denied.

Jesus began Saturday’s match however the Brazilian was at fault for Scamacca’s aim which put Atalanta two targets in entrance and gave Napoli a mountain to climb to achieve the Champions League.

Napoli have had a dreadful time defending their third league title and didn’t do sufficient to advantage something extra from Saturday’s match within the Spring sunshine.

Miranchuk hit an awesome probability off the publish within the third minute and when the Russian bundled house Atalanta’s opener within the twenty sixth minute it was a deserved lead for the away facet.

Scamacca drove house his tenth aim of the season in all competitions on the stroke of half-time after pinching the ball from a dozing Jesus and exchanging passes with Miranchuk.

Napoli had been loudly booed off when the groups left the sphere shortly afterwards and the hosts responded to that displeasure after the break.

The hosts had been unfortunate to not pull a aim again when Piotr Zielinski and Victor Osimhen each hit the woodwork within the fifty fifth minute.

And Osimhen was twice denied by Atalanta keeper Marco Carnesecchi earlier than Koopmeiners made completely certain of the factors with a precision left-footed end to impress one other loud spherical of dissent from the stands.

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