Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to snatch a late 2-1 win for Napoli over Atalanta on Monday that consolidated second place in the Italian league Juventus to eight points.
Polish forward Milik scored the winner five minutes from a time shortly after Fabin Ruz had put the visitors ahead just two minutes into the clash in Bergamo and former Napoli man Duvan Zapata had pulled Atalanta level 11 minutes after the break.
Napoli closes the gap on Juventus, who pulled 11 points clear with a 3-0 win at Fiorentina on Saturday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring from the spot to bag his 10th goal in 14 games.
“It’s a very, very important goal for all of us,” said Napoli coach Ancelotti, adding “Milik went through a difficult period because he didn’t play consistently, but he remained motivated and focused, so deserves this.”
Ancelotti’s side came out firing on all cylinders after their title hopes took a serious hit with a goalless draw against bottom club Chievo last weekend.
The coach stuck with the same starting line-up that beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1.
Captain Marek Hamsik started the move that led to the opener with just a minute on the clock, passing to Lorenzo Insigne who crossed for Spaniard Ruiz to tap in his third goal since joining Napoli from Real Betis.
The insignia was ruled off-side early as his volley rattled the bar with a lob shortly after the Italian international forward shot wide as he slipped.
Zapata tested Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina in the first half with defender Raul Albiol also clearing off the Colombian after the break. But the former Napoli forward broke through on 56 minutes when Hans Hateboer headed the ball down and he blasted in from close range.
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