Brescia 1-2 Napoli: Fabian Ruiz and Lorezo Insigne goals secure comeback victory as Gennaro Gattuso’s men rise to sixth in Serie A table
- Napoli scored two goals in five minutes to win 2-1 against Struggling Brescia
- John Chancellor’s bullet header opened the scoring from Sandro Tonali’s corner
- Lorenzo Insigne levelled from the penalty spot just four minutes after half-time
- Fabian Ruiz turned the game on its head on 54 minutes with an excellent strike
Napoli continued their revival when they came from behind to win 2-1 at lowly Brescia with a stunning Fabian Ruiz effort in Serie A on Friday that boosted their hopes of booking a European spot.
Brescia, who extended their winless run to 10 games and are second-bottom in the table, took a shock lead with a Jhon Chancellor header in the 26th minute before Lorenzo Insigne, with a penalty, and Ruiz replied after halftime.
Napoli, who host Barcelona in their Champions League last 16, first leg tie on Tuesday, rose to sixth on 36 points, one more than Parma, Verona and AC Milan who play at the weekend.
Lorenzo Insigne (left) races back to the centre spot after drawing Napoli level with his penalty
John Chancellor celebrates after heading Brescia into the lead against Napoli on 26 minutes
Brescia: Joronen, Martella, Chancellor, Mateju, Sabelli, Bjarnason (Skrabb 65), Tonali, Bisoli, Dessena (Ndoj 85), Zmrhal, Balotelli
Subs not used: Spalek, Donnarumma, Andrenacci, Mangraviti, Viviani, Semprini
Bookings: Mateju, Martella, Dessena
Goals: Chancellor (26)
Napoli: Ospina, Rui, Maksimovic, Manolas, Di Lorenzo, Elmas (Zielinski 76), Demme (Allan 86), Ruiz, Insigne, Mertens (Milik 67), Politano
Subs not used: Meret, Allan, Callejon, Lozano, Luperto, Hysaj, Karnezis, Ghoulam, Lobotka
Bookings: Mertens, Elmas, Milik
Goals: Insigne (49) Ruiz (54)
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Napoli’s first-half attacks were too predictable and they fell behind when Venezuelan defender Chancellor scored with a towering header from a corner.
The visitors levelled five minutes after the break with a penalty awarded after a VAR review.
Dries Mertens’ cross hit Ales Mateju’s arm and, although the defender was clearly trying to move it out of the way, the referee had no option but to point to the spot and Insigne sent Jesse Joronen the wrong way.
Four minutes later, Ruiz collected the ball on the edge of the area and curled a magnificent shot into the far corner.
Brescia’s best chance to equalise fell to Mario Balotelli who got away from the Napoli defence to meet Simon Skrabb’s cross but was off-balance and sent his shot over the bar.
Fabian Ruiz goes for goal during a frustrating first half for Napoli at Mario Rigamonti Stadium
Brescia captain Mario Balotelli gives out orders during Friday night’s Serie A fixture
Napoli’s head coach Gennaro Gattuso vents his frustration during the first half
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