Goals: Udinese – Napoli – Played on 05/04/ 2023
The Title Race
Napoli had been leading the league for most of the season and had a comfortable 13-point cushion over second-placed Lazio coming into the match against Udinese. However, they knew that a win or a draw would be enough to secure the Scudetto, and they started the match with a lot of intensity and purpose.
Despite Napoli’s pressure from the start, Udinese managed to score through Lovric, who received the ball inside the area and fired a powerful shot into the net. Kvaratskhelia tried to get a penalty kick after he penetrated and fell into the area, but the referee indicated that the game should continue, and the var ordered the continuation of the game.
Napoli responded with a series of attacks, with Osimhen and Insigne both coming close to scoring. Silvestri blocked Osimhen’s header after he met a cross inside the area. The goalkeeper turned it away for a corner, but the referee indicated that there was a case of offside on the attacker. Merritt saved his goal from an opportunity after a new shot from Lovric, the owner of the goal, who fired a powerful ball from outside the penalty area, Merritt was on the lookout for it.
Napoli equalized through Osimhen, after a corner was executed and reached Kvaratskhelia, who hit a ball that bounced off the Udinese goalkeeper and the Nigerian followed it into the net.
The Second Half
In the second half, Napoli continued to dominate possession and create chances. Osimhen responded quickly and threatened the home side’s goal, after a cross ball, which the striker rose to the top of everyone, to convert it with a header that passed next to the left post of Sevelistri. Picao almost doubled Udinese’s lead, after a ball reached him on the edge of the penalty area, to fire a missile shot that Merritt shone with and pushed it away from his goal.
Napoli scored a second goal through Osimhen, who took advantage of the ball falling in front of him to hit the net, but the referee indicated that there was a mistake before hitting the ball on Elmas. Zelinsky was close to scoring the second goal after he fired a shot that Silvestri saved, then the match ended (1-1) and Napoli was crowned champion of the Italian League.
After the final whistle, the Napoli players and coaching staff erupted in joy and celebration. The fans who had travelled to Udine to watch the match were also in a jubilant mood, and there were scenes of wild celebration in the streets of Naples.
This title is the third in the history of Naples and the first since winning the Scudetto under the leadership of Diego Armando Maradona in 1990. The achievement is even more remarkable given that Napoli had finished seventh in the league last season, and had been written off as contenders at the start of the current campaign.
Napoli will now be looking forward to the Champions League next season, where they will be hoping to build on this season’s success and compete against Europe’s best. The club’s fans will also be dreaming of more success in the coming years, as they look to establish themselves as one of Italy’s top teams once again.
Napoli’s triumph in the Italian League is a remarkable achievement attributed to the hard work and dedication of the players and coaching staff, especially Victor Osimhen. This is the team’s third championship in history and their performance this season bodes well for their future prospects. Napoli has rightfully earned their place as champions and their victory will be remembered for years to come.