MILAN (AP) – Victor Osimian continued his comeback from injury with his second goal in as many games to help free-scoring Napoli beat Bologna 3-2 and top Serie A on Sunday. to go
Napoli had to come from behind, and goals either side of the break from Juan Jesus and Hirving Lozano seemed to turn the game around. But Moses Barro equalized for Bologna before Osimian scored what proved to be the winner.
Napoli are two points ahead of Atalanta at the top of the Italian league. Defending champions AC Milan moved up to third with a 2-1 win at bottom side Vernon. Lazio and Udinese are five points off Napoli after a 0-0 draw.
Napoli were brimming with confidence after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League semi-final. They have scored 14 goals in all competitions in their last three matches.
But it was Bologna who took the lead four minutes before the break when Andrea Cambiasso ran through the goal and turned it back for Joshua Zirkze to drill into the back of the net.
Napoli equalized on the stroke of half-time when Bologna defender Gary Medell pounced on the green and into the path of Jesus to head the ball home.
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti brought on Lozano and Osimian at the break and they should have an immediate impact.
Khoicha Karatsakhelia cut inside the area from the left and weaved his way past two players before his shot was blocked by Lukasz Skorpski. Osimian was unable to get the rebound but Lozano fired in a shot from a tight angle.
However, Napoli’s lead lasted just two minutes before goalkeeper Alex Merritt misjudged Barrow’s shot and allowed it to slip through his hands.
Koyartskhelia set up the winner in the 69th with a through ball for Osimhen to beat Skorpski and score.
Losing the first game
Verona’s new coach, Salvatore Boccetti, lost his first senior game despite the heroics of goalkeeper Lorenzo Montepo.
Bocchetti replaced Gabriel Saffi last week after four consecutive losses left Verona in the relegation zone.
He looked set to grab a point after making a number of saves from Montepo but Sandro Tonali scored nine minutes from time, slotting home from Antti Rebić.
Milan took the lead in the ninth minute after a double fault by the home side as a dangerous shot passed to Rafael Luo, whose shot was converted by Verona captain Miguel Veloso for his own goal.
Milan defender Matteo Gabbia curled in a Koray Gunter effort at the other end after 10 minutes but it was credited to the Verona defender as it was on target.
Milan moved two points clear of Udinese and Lazio, who badly missed the Cerro Immobili after an injury in the first half against Udinese.
Both sides failed to find the back of the net, although Edens hit the crossbar twice.
Lazio had won their previous four Serie A matches, scoring 14 goals and conceding none, while Udinese saw their run of six consecutive wins end in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta last week. .
Martinez came back
After ending his goal drought against Barcelona, Lothar Martinez scored again to help Inter Milan beat Salernitana 2-0.
Martinez had not scored in eight games before a 3-3 draw at Barcelona put Inter on course to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Inter forward then scored in the 14th minute on Sunday. Niccolo Barella provided the assist and got himself on the scoresheet in the 58th to help secure a result that saw the Nerazzurri climb to seventh.
Also, Spezia drew 2-2 against Cremona in the relegation battle.