Fans greet Napoli after victory with Juve
Following their victory over Juventus, which put the possibility of a historic Serie A title within reach, the squad was met by thousands of jubilant Napoli fans early on Monday.
Giacomo Raspadori's stoppage-time goal in Napoli's 1-0 victory at Juventus on Sunday, propelled them to the verge of winning their first Serie A championship in more than three decades.
In the 93rd minute of a thrilling match in Turin, Italy international Raspadori was entirely unmarked and fired home a volley from Eljif Elmas's cross, putting Napoli 17 points clear of second-placed Lazio, who dropped a home match against Torino on Saturday.
Napoli, who were eliminated from the Champions League by AC Milan on Tuesday, may win Serie A for the first time since 1990 if they defeat Salernitana and Lazio lose at Inter Milan thanks to Raspadori's late winner.
According to Raspadori, "It was a very important goal, but we still have matches to win. Today gave us a great hand as we came from disappointment in the Champions League."
"We only have one thing on our minds, get three points against Salernitana," he added.
After suffering their third straight league loss, Juventus maintained their position in third place, which they had risen to on Thursday after the decision to reverse their 15-point punishment for illegal transfer activity.
They are awaiting a fresh judgment from the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) appeals court, which will have a significant influence on Serie A's fight for the Champions League. They are waiting to know if they will receive a new points punishment.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri. said the team conceded to a really "idiotic goal" despite playing really well.
Eight minutes from time, Juve felt they had secured the victory when substitute Angel Di Maria scored a spectacular solo goal. However, referee Michael Fabbri blocked it due to a foul on Stanislav Lobotka, which Juve believed to be a fair challenge.
Victor Osimhen missed three good opportunities midway through the second half, and by the time he did, Napoli ought to have taken the lead.
Following some excellent effort by Elmas, he first touched the outside of the post in the 70th minute before heading a wonderful chance straight at Wojciech Szczesny from the next corner.
Raspadori, though, sprang up to put Napoli possibly one match away from realizing the dream of a generation of supporters after Di Maria had another goal waved off for the ball going out of play and Osimhen mishandled when clear through on goal.
Days after setting up a derby Champions League semifinal, the Milan giants defeated Lecce and Empoli with ease thanks to goals from Rafael Leao and Romelu Lukaku.
Leao, who had just eliminated Napoli from the competition on Tuesday, scored his first goal at home since November in fifth-placed Milan's 2-0 victory over lowly Lecce. He gave Milan the lead at the San Siro with a header in the 40th minute before sneaking up the field and putting the second one in with 15 minutes left.
Leao divulged after taking his league tally to 12 that he "thought about that before the match, that I needed to score because it was such a long time since I had here."
On goal differential, Stefano Pioli's team behind Roma, who are playing at Atalanta on Monday night, is now outside the Champions League spots.
Following their 3-0 victory against Empoli, Milan is now two points ahead of Inter. Lukaku scored both goals in the second half, his first league goal from open play since the season's first day.
Lukaku was then praised as a "step forward for Italian football" The FIGC overturned his one-match suspension for being sent off in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final with Juve after he was racially harassed before being removed. Lukaku also assisted Lautaro Martinez's late goal.