Napoli drops points to Udinese

Napoli surrendered the lead twice in a 3-3 draw with Udinese and wasted a chance to pull level with second-place Roma.

At the San Paolo stadium, Goran Pandev scored for Napoli in the 38th and 41st. First, the Macedonia striker was set up by Federico Fernandez then for his second he took a pass from Gonzalo Higuain and shot between a defender’s legs.

Udinese pulled one back in the 45th with an own goal from Fernandez, who was attempting to block a header from Thomas Heurtaux, then Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes equalized with a long lob in the 70th that caught Napoli goalkeeper Rafael out of position.

Blerim Dzemaili restored Napoli’s lead a minute later, knocking in a rebound of a shot from Higuain, and Dusan Basta took advantage as Napoli’s defenders stood idle to equalize in the 80th from close range.

Napoli moved two points behind Roma, which hosts Fiorentina on Sunday. Napoli also has a key European match on Wednesday against Arsenal.