ROME (AP) Napoli scored twice in the final two minutes for a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chievo Verona on Sunday that kept the southern team’s title hopes alive.
Arkadiusz Milik connected with a long pass from Lorenzo Insigne to head in the equalizer in the 89th. Amadou Diawara then quickly controlled the ball and sent a curling shot inside the far post for the winner in added time.
It was the first goal in 69 Serie A appearances for Diawara, a 20-year-old from Guinea who got a rare start in place of the suspended Jorginho.
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”I dedicate this goal to my mother, who died a year before I came to Italy, so she didn’t get to see me play in Serie A,” Diawara said.
Napoli moved back within four points of Italian leader Juventus, which won 4-2 at Benevento on Saturday.
The leaders meet in two weeks.
”We won a game that we thoroughly deserved to win,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. ”It had seemed cursed, as we had 31 shots on goal, missed a penalty, hit the woodwork. It was one of those classic games where the team does everything right and the ball won’t go in.”
”However, at the end they kept pushing and the logical conclusion was to win the match.”
Sarri said he was ”particularly pleased” that the goals were scored by Milik – who recently returned from his second long-term knee injury in two seasons – and Diawara.