NAPOLI PLAY OUT DRAW AT FIORENTINA

The Asian Age - - Sport -

Rome, Feb. 10: Napoli could fin­ish the week­end trail­ing Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus by 11 points af­ter Carlo Ancelotti’s waste­ful side stut­tered to a 0- 0 draw at Fiorentina on Satur­day, as Lau­taro Mar­tinez scored the only goal to get In­ter Mi­lan back win­ning against pro­moted Parma.

Both sides start their Europa League cam­paigns this week af­ter crash­ing out of the Cham­pi­ons League with Napoli trav­el­ling to FC Zurich and In­ter Mi­lan away to Rapid Vi­enna in their round of the 32, first leg ties.

Fiorentina goal­keeper Al­ban La­font pro­duced a string of saves to deny Piotr Zielin­ski and Dries Mertens as Napoli failed to score away from home for the third game run­ning.

“We dropped two points that we would’ve de­served for at­tack­ing from start to fin­ish,” said Ancelotti.

“In some ways, it was an im­pec­ca­ble per­for­mance, but we weren’t clin­i­cal enough in front of goal and were forced to make do with a point.”

Ancelotti’s side have now been held twice in the past three games while hosts Fiorentina drew for the 11th time in 23 matches this sea­son to sit ninth, but just six points off the Cham­pi­ons League berths.

The Tus­cany side’s best chance came just af­ter half- time when French mid­fielder Jor­dan Veretout was de­nied by an ex­cel­lent stop from Alex Meret.

In­ter Mi­lan, in third, got back win­ning af­ter Mar­tinez came off the bench late, scor­ing af­ter 79 min­utes at Parma.

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