NAPLES- Napoli’s 14 league game unbeaten run has finally come to an end after 10-men Atalanta defeated them 2-0 and the Stadio San Paolo.
The last meeting between the two sides was in October when it finished 1-0 for Atalanta, who have now completed the double over Napoli this season.
The match started off with Napoli dictating the play and Lorenzo Insigne hitting the crossbar in the opening 10 minutes.
It looked like it was going to be a long night for Atalanta, but in the 28th minute, the ball fell for Mattia Caldara after a scramble in the box and he managed to get the ball in the back of the net.
After the goal, Napoli continued to dominate the match but only had a single shot on target coming from Martens’ free kick just before halftime which the goalkeeper stopped.
Atalanta came out in the second half and played very stubborn and compact, defending their lead very well and looked most likely to score next.
Napoli were given a life-line when Franck Kessie received 2 yellow cards in 3 minutes and was sent off for a foul on Insigne.
The host’s began throwing men forward which made them vulnerable on the counter attack. Atalanta took advantage of that when Leonardo Spinazzola’s chip ball found Mattia Caldara who volleyed the ball into the bottom left corner to give Atalanta a 2-0 lead.
Napoli’s best chance to get back into the match fell to Jose Callejon, who’s header went centimetres wide of the goal.
All of Napoli’s late pressure was defended well be the visitors who eventually saw out the result to pick up a huge 2-0 win away at Napoli.
Atalanta climb into 4th position for the time being and are now just 3 points behind Napoli as they push for European football next season.