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Napoli 1-1 Lecce: Hosts stuck again, Colombo missile cancels Elmas’ first-half attack

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Napoli 1-1 Lecce: Hosts hold on again as Lorenzo Colombo throws home to newly promoted visitors to cancel Eljif Elmas attack in first half

  • Lorenzo Colombo had his recaptured penalty saved by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret
  • Midfielder Eljif Elmas scored the opener for Napoli in the 27th minute
  • Lorenzo Colombo leveled up for Leece with a rocket in the top right corner

Lorenzo Colombo had saved a penalty, but equalized when newly promoted Lecce surprisingly kept Napoli at a 1-1 draw.

It was a second draw in a row for Napoli, who had opened the season with two comprehensive wins.

Serie B champions Lecce almost took a surprise lead 25 minutes into the game after being awarded a penalty for a foul by Tanguy Ndombele on Federico Di Francesco.

Eljif Elmas put in the opener for Napoli in the 27th minute on Wednesday evening

Colombo pushed the spot away, but the referee hadn’t whistled yet, so the ball had to be recaptured and Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret saved the second attempt.

Eljif Elmas put in the opener for Napoli shortly afterwards, but Colombo unleashed a rocket into the top right corner from over 20 yards, just six minutes after his penalty foul, to equalize for Lecce.

Napoli would have been shared top after four games with a win over their newly promoted opponents at the Stadio Maradona.

But the draw means Luciano Spalletti’s side are third, two points behind Roma and one away from number two Inter Milan, while Lecce is 15th after taking their second point of the campaign.

Lorenzo Colombo leveled for Leece with a rocket in the top right corner in the 31st minute

Lorenzo Colombo leveled for Leece with a rocket in the top right corner in the 31st minute

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