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Super sub Milik lifts Napoli with 2-1 Atalanta win
AFP, Milan :
Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik celebrates after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Napoli in Bergamo, Italy on Monday.
Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to snatch a late 2-1 win for Napoli over Atalanta on Monday that consolidated second place in Serie A and reduced the gap on leaders Juventus to eight points.
Polish forward Milik scored the winner five minutes from time shortly after coming on after Fabian Ruiz had put the visitors ahead just two minutes into the clash in Bergamo and former Napoli man Duvan Zapata had pulled Atalanta level 11 minutes after the break. Napoli close the gap on Juventus, who pulled 11 points clear with a 3-0 win at Fiorentina on Saturday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring from the spot to bag his 10th goal in 14 games.
"It's a very, very important goal for all of us," said Napoli coach Ancelotti.
"Milik went through a difficult period because he didn't play consistently, but he remained motivated and focused, so deserves this." Ancelotti's side came out firing on all cylinders after their title hopes took a serious hit with a goalless draw against bottom club Chievo last weekend. The coach stuck with the same starting line-up that beat Red Star Belgrade 3-1 in the Champions League midweek. Captain Marek Hamsik started the move that led to the opener with just a minute on the clock, passing to Lorenzo Insigne who crossed for Spaniard Ruiz to tap in his third goal since joining Napoli from Real Betis.