Napoli's furious late comeback keeps Serie A title race alive

Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik celebrates the first of two late goals against Chievo Verona. (Reuters)
Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik celebrates the first of two late goals against Chievo Verona. (Reuters)

With two minutes of the 90 remaining in Napoli’s home game against 15th-place Chievo Verona on Sunday, Serie A’s title race appeared to be all but over.

Napoli trailed 1-0. It trailed Juventus by seven points – three more than the league-leaders have dropped since mid-November. With just seven matches remaining once the final whistle blew, a shot at the Italian king seemed to have slipped from Napoli’s grasp.

But in a few massive minutes, Napoli seized it back. Arkadiusz Milik, back from injury, equalized in the 89th:


And with one of the last kicks of the game, after Chievo failed to clear a corner, Amadou Diawara found the side-netting to incite wild celebrations at the Stadio San Paolo:


In four furious minutes, the gap between Juve and Napoli went from seven points from four. And the Serie A title race switched from off back to on.

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Henry Bushnell covers global soccer, and occasionally other ball games, for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Question? Comment? Email him at henrydbushnell@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @HenryBushnell.

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