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Late equalizer dents Napoli’s Champions League aspirations

AP, ROME

Napoli allowed an 88th-minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw at AS Roma in Serie A on Saturday, which could be a big blow in their attempt to return to the Champions League next season.

Napoli moved level with SS Lazio for third place, which carries a spot in Champions League qualifying, but Lazio hold the tiebreaker and they had a chance to move back ahead at Udinese yesterday.

After this round of matches, only three remain.

At the Stadio Olimpico, Roma dominated the first half, but they had trouble finding the target until Marquinho redirected a cross from Aleandro Rosi in the 41st minute.

Napoli struck back with goals from Juan Zuniga and Edinson Cavani in the 49th and 67th minutes, both shots from outside the penalty area that flew into the top-right corner.

Roma’s equalizer came from Fabio Simplicio, who then ran into the stands to kiss his wife and son.

Earlier, Catania drew 1-1 at Palermo in a Sicilian derby, while Cagliari and Chievo Verona played out a 0-0 stalemate.

Defender Nicola Legrottaglie put Catania ahead in the 25th minute with a close-range header, but Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli equalized in the 47th by finishing off a counterattack.

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