SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 20 May 2018 (17.00 UK)
Napoli 2 - 1 Crotone
Milik 23 (N), Callejon 32 (N), Tumminello 90 (C)
Stadio San Paolo

Napoli doomed Crotone to relegation and became the first side in Serie A history to achieve 90 points and still not win the Scudetto.

The Partenopei had already lost out on the title to Juventus, so Arkadiusz Milik and Piotr Zielinski were given rare starts, while it was time to wave goodbye for Pepe Reina and Christian Maggio. Crotone needed to win and hope one of Crotone, Cagliari, Udinese and SPAL lost, although a draw would also be enough as long as SPAL lost to Sampdoria.

Napoli poured forward from the start and found the breakthrough when Lorenzo Insigne floated a ball over the top for Milik to steer his header back into the far top corner.

Insigne acrobatically kept the ball in play only for Allan to drill wide, then created the second goal with another inch-perfect assist to the back post for Jose Callejon’s volleyed tap-in.

Alex Cordaz also flew to fingertip a Callejon scorcher over and smothered the Milik solo effort. As things stood, Crotone were doomed to relegation.

The visitors did push forward more in the second half, but Marcello Trotta’s volley was charged down and Milik curled wide.

Dries Mertens came off the bench and was unlucky not to add to his tally for the season, as Cordaz fingertipped his angled drive on to the far post.

There was time for one last Crotone consolation goal before bowing out of Serie A, as Marco Tumminello’s daisy-cutter from distance flew into the far bottom corner.

See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk


Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan (Rog 77), Jorginho, Zielinski; Callejon, Milik (Mertens 67), Insigne (Hamsik 75)
Crotone: Cordaz; Sampirisi, Ceccherini, Capuano, Martella; Barberis, Mandragora, Rohden (Stoian 46); Trotta (Tumminello 64), Simy, Nalini (Ricci 59)
Ref: Banti