The battle for the Serie A championship remains intense.
Here is the information you need as the weekend’s events come to a close
Leaders Napoli made the most of their other slips in Italy with a 2–0 win over Sampdoria. However, the host turned out to be a spirited army, so they had to work hard for it.
Matteo Politano saw an early penalty attempt hit the post before other chances failed. That lasted until the very lethal Victor Osimén scored 10 goals in 13 games to make it 1–0.
Sampdoria’s situation worsened just before the break when Thomas Rincon was sent off against Osimén. However, despite their player advantage, Napoli have struggled to improve their scoring, which would be the only downside to the result. A late penalty eased concerns about a possible draw and Eljif Elmas made it 2-0 for him.
Looking at the table, they lead Juventus by seven points, with Sampdoria sitting in his 18th position.
They were set to retain their place in the title his race when they hosted Empoli in fifth place, but a second-half collapse ultimately left him 2-2.
Felipe Anderson scored with a header from a corner kick within two minutes of him, and 10 minutes into the second half Mattia his Zaccani doubled the lead to his. However, 13th-placed Empoli proved to be a determined bunch, with Francesco Caputo delivering a spectacular comeback with seven minutes remaining to win 2-1.
And in the final minute, Rathvan Marin’s long-range shot ensured that both teams shared points.
In the standings, Lazio sits in his 5th position (his 3-point gap from his league spot in the Champions League), but could fall further down depending on other results.
Sunday’s game concludes with a delicious duel, with No. 3 Milan taking on his No. 6 Roma.
Runners-up Juventus beat Udinese 1-0 this weekend and were sent off to stay in form. Meanwhile, Inter were another top club to collapse as Monza held on to 2-2 in fourth place thanks to a 93rd minute equalizer.