Napoli 1-1 Roma: Dries Mertens scores dramatic 90th minute equaliser to cancel out Stephan El Shaarawy’s opening goal at Stadio San Paolo
- Dries Mertens scored a 90th minute equaliser as Napoli drew 1-1 with Roma
- The Belgian rescued a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s side with a powerful finish
- Roma had led since the 14th minute when Stephan El Shaarawy struck
- A point ensures Napoli stay six points behind Juventus in the Serie A standings
Napoli substitute Dries Mertens scored a last-minute goal to salvage a 1-1 draw against AS Roma in Serie A on Sunday although they slipped further off the pace as their 100 percent home record ended.
The Belgian volleyed the ball into the net from point-blank range after Jose Callejon mis-hit his shot from Lorenzo Insigne’s pass to earn a point for his second-placed side.
Dries Mertens scored a 90th minute equaliser to salvage a point for Napoli against Roma
The Belgian rescued a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s side with a powerful finish at the back post
Stephan El Shaarawy had given Roma a 14th minute lead, turning the ball into the net from six metres after Cengiz Under’s pass from the byline evaded several players.
Roma’s Edin Dzeko saw a shot cleared off the line by Raul Albiol before halftime and was also booked for diving.
Napoli, with captain Marek Hamsik equalling Giuseppe Bruscolotti’s record of 511 appearances for the Naples club, dominated the second half and Callejon and Mertens both had goals disallowed for offside.
A draw ensures Napoli stay six points behind bitter rivals Juventus in the Serie A standings
Roma had led since the 14th minute when Stephan El Shaarawy produced a composed finish
Napoli have now dropped six points behind leaders Juventus, who are chasing an eighth successive Italian title and won 2-1 at Empoli on Saturday with a Cristiano Ronaldo double.
Eighth-placed Roma have 15 points, level with AC Milan, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Sassuolo.
Roma captain Daniele De Rossi made his 450th Serie A appearance for the club but limped off before halftime.
Aleksandar Kolarov and El Shaarawy celebrate the opening goal at Stadio San Paolo
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