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Napoli’s top-four hopes hang in the balance after Frosinone draw

Napoli’s top-four hopes hang in the balance after Frosinone draw
Napoli’s top-four hopes hang in the balance after Frosinone draw

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Napoli’s aspirations for a top-four finish in Serie A were dealt a blow on Sunday when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by relegation-threatened Frosinone.

Napoli are now eighth with 49 points, putting them 10 points behind Bologna in the fourth, and last, secure Champions League spot with six rounds left. Frosinone are in 18th – a relegation spot – with 27 points.

The hosts relentlessly bombarded the Frosinone goal until Matteo Politano’s 16th-minute curler from the edge of the box secured the lead for Napoli.

Five minutes into the second half, Frosinone equalised through Walid Cheddira after Napoli keeper Alex Meret’s half-hearted clearance bounced off Matias Soule, setting up an easy finish into the empty net.

Napoli regained the lead in the 63rd minute when a deflected strike from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was tapped in by Victor Osimhen near the goal line, but Cheddira secured his brace with a header in the 73rd to share the spoils between the two teams.

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