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Napoli ends Serie A season 10th with goalless draw against Lecce

By Vaseline May26,2024

Naples ended their season in a humiliating 10th place, missing everything European competition after a dismal 0-0 draw with Lecce.

Needing a win at the Stadio Maradona, the Partenopei were hoping Torino could have a shot at ninth place, which could have secured Conference League qualification if Fiorentina beat Olympiacos.

However, key players Mario Rui, Piotr Zielinski and Leander Dendoncker were unavailable, while star striker Victor Osimhen only fit on the bench.

Lecce, already safe from relegation, had the first real chance of the match after nine minutes when Patrick Dorgu’s angular drive hit the base of the far post, leaving Alex Meret helpless.

Napoli ends Serie A season 10th with goalless draw against Lecce
Napoli end 2023/24 season miserably with draw against Lecce – Getty image

Napoli’s Kvicha Kvaratskhelia had several attempts that went wide or were blocked, with Giovanni Simeone firing over the bar.

Lecce continued to pose a threat on the counter, with Berisha’s deflected shot going just wide and Valentin Gendrey bravely blocking a powerful Kvaratskhelia shot with his head.

Cyril Ngonge came on for Lecce at the restart and immediately forced a fingertip save from Wladimiro Falcone.

The Lecce goalkeeper remained vigilant, denying Kvaratskhelia again and later watching as Jens Cajuste’s deflected shot hit the inside of the far post but stayed out.

Napoli had a few more chances, with Giacomo Raspadori firing over the line from a difficult angle and Federico Baschirotto clearing Matias Olivera’s effort.

The goalless draw marked the end of a dismal campaign for the Naples club, and a complete contrast to their performance last season, when they won the Scudetto for the first time in more than three decades.

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