Napoli 2-1 Roma: late Simeone goal sinks Roma

NAPLES, ITALY - JANUARY 29: Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on January 29, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
John Solano

calendar date29 Jan 19:45
MatchDay 20




Roma were just minutes away from securing an impressive result this evening in Campania until striker Gio Simeone scored in the 86th minute to grab a late win for the hosts.

The defeat snaps the Giallorossi’s seven-match unbeaten run and widens the Partenopei’s gap at the top of the Serie A table to thirteen.

It was a game of incredibly thin margins after the hosts came out firing in the early onset, forcing Rui Patricio into saves in the opening minutes.

Attacker Khvicha Kvaraskhelia’s low shot nearly found the back of the net before the Giallorossi nearly found an opener through a miscommunication between Kim Min-Jae and Alex Meret. The defender’s flicked header came centimeters away from ending up into the back of his own net. Not long thereafter, Napoli would open the scoring after Victor Osimhen lost Roger Ibanez and Leonardo Spinazzola before brilliantly controlling the cross and firing past Rui Patricio. Goalscoring opportunities came at a premium in the final 60 minutes but the Giallorossi managed to find an equaliser through substitute Stephan El Shaarawy. The attacker prodded home a perfectly placed delivery from Nicola Zalewski and it appeared the capital club were headed were for a well-deserved draw. However, with just four minutes to go, Gio Simeone lost Chris Smalling inside Roma’s penalty area and curled the ball past Rui Patricio, dealing a crushing late blow to Jose Mourinho’s side—who deserved at least a draw from the game. 

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