Napoli 1-0 Spezia: The hosts move top through Raspadori's late goal

Napoli 1-0 Spezia: The hosts move top of Serie A with Giacomo Raspadori’s late goal sealing all three points at the expense of Luca Gotti’s resilient Eagles

  • Napoli moved top of Serie A after Giacomo Raspadori’s 89th minute winner
  • Spezia were up against it throughout, and were disappointed by late finish
  • The first half was goalless at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples
  • The hosts scored four midweek against Liverpool, but left it late against Spezia

Napoli moved top of the Serie A table after Giacomo Raspadori’s late winner sealed their three points at home to Spezia. 

The ball was crossed into the box, eluding everyone until Raspadori – on loan from Sassuolo – put the ball past Spezia goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski for his first Napoli goal.

It was a just reward for 22-year-old Raspadori, who was at the forefront of Napoli’s dominance, making six shots, before finally putting one away in the 89th minute.  

Giacomo Raspadori late goal earned Napoli’s win over Spezia in Serie A’s early Saturday match

Match Stats

Napoli (4-3-3): Meret, Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Juan, Rui, Anguissa (Zielinski 57), Ndombele (Lobotka 46), Elmas (Gaetano 75), Politano (Lozano 57), Raspadori, Kvaratskhelia (Simeone 67)

Substitutes not used:  Kim, Marfella, Olivera, Zerbin, Sirigu, Ostigard, Zanoli

Manager: Luciano Spalletti 

Scorers: Raspadori 89

Booked: Elmas 71

Spezia (3-5-2): Dragowski, Ampadu (Hristov 70), Kiwior, Nikolaou, Holm, Agudelo (Sala 81), Bourabia (Ellertsson 70), Bastoni (Kovalenko 62), Reca, Nzola, Gyasi

Substitutes not used:  Zoet, Sala, Beck, Caldara, Sher, Zovko, Strelec, Sanca

Manager: Luca Gotti 

Scorers:  None

Booked: Gyasi 45, Dragowski 77

Referee: Alberto Santoro

There was a goalless first half at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, as the dominant hosts failed to capitalise despite creating more of the chances.

And whilst they remained on the front foot for the remainder of the match, Napoli were unable to score until very late on, despite hitting four past Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek. 

There was a very resilient defensive showing from Luca Gotti’s Spezia side, but they missed out on the chance of a point after conceding in the last minute of standard time. 

Raspadori’s dramatic late finish made him the club’s eighth different goalscorer in Serie A so far this season, equal best in the league with Inter Milan.

As the match was the first to play in Serie A this weekend, it moved Napoli a point clear at the top, with Atalanta hoping to regain the spot after Sunday’s match-up with Cremonese.  

Full report to follow… 

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