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Napoli left to rue costly draw in Serie A

Another hit to his team’s Serie A title ambitions has left Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne in tears following a 1-1 draw with Roma.

Insigne converted an early penalty but then watched as Roma dominated the second half at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and finally equalised via Stephan El Shaarawy in added time.

After getting beat 3-2 by Fiorentina eight days earlier, Napoli failed to pick up three points for a second consecutive home game.

With only five matches remaining, third-placed Napoli are four points behind league leaders AC Milan and two points behind Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.

Insigne, who has already signed a deal to move to Toronto FC after this season, was visibly emotional as he saluted Napoli’s hard-core “ultra” fans after the game.

The result wasn’t ideal for Jose Mourinho’s Roma either, as the Giallorossi are five points behind fourth-placed Juventus and the final Champions League berth.

Insigne’s penalty came following a foul by Roger Ibanez on Hirving Lozano.

Eighty minutes later, El Shaarawy swept in the equaliser following a backheel flick from Tammy Abraham.

Atalanta slumped to their fourth straight loss across all competitions with a 2-1 home defeat to Hellas Verona.

Verona hit the woodwork twice before Federico Ceccherini put the visitors ahead just before the break with a header that was confirmed after a video review.

Then Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners added an own goal early in the second half after a shot from Ivan Ilic rebounded in off his chest.

Giorgio Scalvini pulled one back for Atalanta with a header in the 82nd.

Atalanta have lost three straight in Serie A and was also eliminated from the Europa League by Leipzig last week.

Atalanta remained eighth, while Verona moved up to ninth.

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