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Raspadori fires buoyant Napoli top ahead of champions Milan



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Giacomo Raspadori made Napoli provisional leaders of Serie A with the late winner in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Spezia which put them ahead on goal difference from 10-man AC Milan, 2-1 winners at Sampdoria. Italy forward Raspadori struck the decisive goal in the final moments of a stodgy encounter at the Stadio Maradona, sweeping home Hirving Lozano’s cross to net his first goal for Napoli on his second start after arriving on loan from Sassuolo last month. 

“It’s a moment that will stay in my head and heart,” Raspadori told DAZN. “I missed two chances which I should have scored but thankfully the team put me in the position to score and I kept my head.” Raspadori was one of three signings made in quick succession by Napoli just after the season started alongside Giovanni Simeone and Tanguy Ndombele.

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The 22-year-old led their attack in the absence of starting striker Victor Osimhen after the Nigeria forward was ruled out until at least after the international break.

Napoli, who will lose their league lead should third-placed Atalanta beat promoted Cremonese on Sunday afternoon, will make Raspadori’s signing permanent next summer assuming he meets unannounced sporting objectives.

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Luciano Spalletti’s side are on a high after a strong start to the domestic season and thrashing Liverpool in the Champions League opener midweek. They travel to Rangers on Tuesday before their first true title test against Milan at the San Siro next weekend. Spezia sit 14th on five points after their third defeat from the first six games of the campaign.

 





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