HomeSerie ANapoli back on top as Atalanta and Udinese share the points

Napoli back on top as Atalanta and Udinese share the points

Soccer Football – Serie A – Cremonese v Napoli – Stadio Giovanni Zini, Cremona, Italy – October 9, 2022 Napoli’s Mathias Olivera celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

CREMONA, Italy (Reuters) – Napoli snatched the Serie A lead back with a 4-1 win at Cremonese on Sunday, helped by two goals in added time, while Udinese and Atalanta drew 2-2 in a tight contest.

Napoli opened the scoring with a penalty in the 26th minute after Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was clumsily tackled by Matteo Bianchetti. Striker Matteo Politano despatched the spot kick.

Cremonese equalised two minutes into the second half when Cyriel Dessers pounced on a through ball and hammered it home.

Giovanni Simeone put Napoli back in front when he headed a cross from Mario Rui into the net after 76 minutes.

Three minutes into added time, Georgian Kvaratskhelia found an unmarked Hirving Lozano, who netted from close range. Mathias Olivera finished off the rout with a header two minutes later.

Atalanta had briefly topped the standings after their draw at Udinese but Napoli put themselves in first place again with a two-point cushion thanks to their resounding win in Cremona.

A late goal by defender Nehuen Perez helped Udinese recover from two goals down to earn a home draw as they continued their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.

Udinese, who finished 12th last season, have six wins, two draws and one loss so far this season and are unbeaten in their last eight games.

Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma won 2-1 at home to Lecce, with the visitors reduced to 10 men when midfielder Morten Hjulmand was sent off after 23 minutes.

An early Chris Smalling goal and a Paulo Dybala strike after halftime secured the victory for Roma, while Gabriel Strefezza scored for Lecce. Roma are now in fifth place with 19 points.

Napoli have 23 points after seven wins and two draws in their nine matches, two points ahead of Atalanta, with Udinese third on 20 points.

Monza won their third game in a row with a 2-0 success at home to Spezia thanks to goals from Carlos Augusto and Pablo Mari. They are now 12th in the table with 10 points.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund and Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; editing by Clare Fallon and Ken Ferris)