Victor Osimhen pulled off another strong performance to extend Napoli’s winning streak to nine games in the Italian league with a 2-1 win over second-place Atalanta in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.
The win put Napoli eight points ahead of Atalanta and nine points clear of defending champion AC Milan, who hosted Spezia later.
He also got Napoli back on track after being beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League for their first loss in all competitions this season, despite Napoli winning the group.
Atalanta, on the other hand, are not playing in Europe this season and had the whole week to prepare for this game.
Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for Atalanta with a penalty after a handball from Osimhen.
Osimhen redeemed himself four minutes later by leveling with a stunning header after finding space between three defenders for his eighth goal of the season.
In the 35th, Osimhen became provider when he outplayed Merih Demiral on the right flank to send a cross that Elif Elmas redirected with a shot wide after past Atalanta defender Hans Hateboer.
Elmas was a surprise starter at left wing in place of rising star Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who was ruled out of the trip with “acute lower back pain”. he received a payment for selecting Elmas instead of him.
In search of their first Serie A title since the days Diego Maradona played for the southern club, Napoli have now beaten three key rivals in Milan, Roma and Atalanta, with games remaining against Empoli and Udinese before the long break for the world Cup.
Napoli will not face Inter Milan and Juventus until January.
Earlier, Cremonese came out of last place with a 2-2 draw against 10th-place Salernitana, courtesy of a late equalizer from Davide Ciofani, who converted the rebound from his penalty kick.