Napoli were ultimately fortunate to grab a 1-1 draw away to Bologna, as the hosts had two goals disallowed and hit the woodwork.
The Partenopei rotated the entire front three with a rare start for Chucky Lozano after a 2-2 draw with Milan, while Diego Demme returned to midfield, Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly were rested. Sinisa Mihajlovic dropped Riccardo Orsolini following the collapse against Parma, then Bologna were 2-0 up until the 92nd minute and still drew 2-2. Mattia Bani and Jerdy Schouten were injured.
Napoli broke through after a series of corners, this one finding the head of Kostas Manolas to beat Tomiyasu on Matteo Politano’s set-play.
Another Manolas header from a corner went just wide of the far post, while Bologna thought they had equalised on 23 minutes with an Ibrahima Mbaye header, but he was flagged offside.
Lozano and Politano had attempts straight at Lukasz Skorupski, while Nico Dominguez wasn’t far off target after combining with Musa Barrow.
Bologna had the ball in the net on 66 minutes when Rodrigo Palacio ran on to a dinked Soriano ball over the top to beat Meret with an angled drive. However, it was ruled offside using VAR.
Napoli continued to sit on their lead and invite Bologna forward, so were eventually made to pay for it. Musa Barrow finished off a counter-attack when he gathered the Soriano slide-rule pass, cut inside to commit the defender on the edge of the box and passed it into the far bottom corner with the inside of his left boot.
Bologna had the momentum and should’ve gone 2-1 up on 85 minutes when Palacio shrugged off Nikola Maksimovic to go clear on goal, but the angled drive whistled inches wide of the far post.
Barrow then had another attempt not far off target, but Danilo was so unlucky in stoppages to see his absolute scorcher cannon against the upright.
Dries Mertens even had a chance with the last kick of the game, but it hit the side-netting.
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