The big match was in England where Leicester City hosted Napoli. Ayoze Pérez finished a superb team move to put Leicester ahead and Harvey Barnes added a second. However, Victor Osimhen scored a brilliant first before thumping in a header from Matteo Politano’s cross to earn his side a point, Leicester losing Wilfred Ndidi to a second yellow card in stoppage time.
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S.S.C. Napoli is an Italian club based in Naples. The club was founded in 1926 and is the fourth most supported team in the country. The club is nicknamed the Azzurri (The Blues).
Lautaro Martinez gave the home side an early lead but the Portuguese replied with a penalty before pouncing on a defensive mix-up to put the Turin club in front before halftime.
Inter, without suspended top scorer Romelu Lukaku, pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way past 43-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The Italian produced a superb save to deny Matteo Darmian on the 1,100th senior appearance of his career for club and country.
The 2020-2021 Serie A fixtures list has been released and Andrea Pirlo’s first league match in charge of Juventus will be at home to Sampdoria as he looks to guide the club to a record 10th successive Serie A title.
Juventus start at home to Sampdoria before a daunting trip to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Roma. For Inter Milan, who look set to be Juventus’ toughest challenger for the title, they begin their bid away to newly-promoted Benevento.
The release sparked lots of interest in when Pirlo and Conte will go head to head but fans will have to remain patient with the first meeting not until January 2021.
De Laurentiis feels that having a potential pre-season of only three weeks is not long enough and he feels that the 2020-21 season should start on October 4 instead.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Napoli’s advantage was quickly wiped out when Christian Eriksen scored direct from a corner.
Belgium forward Mertens made it 2-1 on aggregate after an assist from Lorenzo Insigne following a counter-attack. It was his 122nd goal for Napoli, one more than Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik.
Mertens, who is nicknamed ‘Ciro’ by Napoli fans to reflect his longstanding relationship with the club and city of Naples, is now seven goals clear of club legend Diego Maradona,
It means four of Europe’s top-five leagues are committed to finishing the coronavirus-disrupted campaign, with only Ligue 1 having declared the season over.
Italy is already well into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response, with deaths and new cases falling daily for several weeks.
“We are working on two possible dates to begin Serie A games, on June 13 or 20,” Spadafora told Rai TG3.
“The protocol arrived for resuming the season and it is very similar to the one that was agreed for training. On Thursday, we’ll decide if and when to resume.”
Football in Italy has been shut down for six weeks and the Government lockdown measures should be eased from May 4, including a return to training with social distancing.
However, the FIGC protocol to ensure player safety has not been entirely welcome, with the Corriere della Sera newspaper claiming only three out of 20 clubs and their medical staff have approved the system.
Italy’s leading infectious diseases specialist confirms “Serie A could resume in a month’s time, behind closed doors and with rigorous measures.”
The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) wrote up the protocol for getting players and staff back on the pitch in as much safety as possible after the coronavirus pandemic.
They are aiming to start training from May 4, with games taking place from May 30-31.
“As things stand today, the Serie A campaign could not resume, but it could do in a month’s time, albeit behind closed doors and with rigorous measures,” said Giovanni Rezza, director of the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.