Naples, a city located in southern Italy, has become the home of the Champions of Italy for the first time since 1990 after Napoli drew 1-1 in their away meeting with Udinese to win the Serie A (SA) title for the third time in their history.
Napoli's journey towards winning the title began on Sunday, where they were on the verge of winning the Scudetto. However, a late equalizer from Salernitana prevented them from doing so. They had to travel to the Dacia Arena with the knowledge that a point would be enough to end their wait for the Scudetto. Udinese was determined to spoil the party, just like Salernitana, and they took advantage of a nervous start from the visitors, taking the lead in the 13th minute. Sandi Lovrić found himself with time and space in the box to fire an unstoppable strike into the top corner.
Despite conceding, Napoli attempted to respond, with Victor Osimhen leading the charge. However, he failed to make the most of two half-chances, sending a header into the clutches of Marco Silvestri before nodding agonizingly wide from Giovanni Di Lorenzo's lofted cross. Napoli was trailing at halftime of a Serie A away game for the first time this season, so Luciano Spalletti, the manager of Napoli, headed down the tunnel to give a potentially historic team talk.
Spalletti's wise words paid dividends within seven minutes of the restart when Osimhen scored the all-important goal that had been 33 years in the making. Silvestri palmed Khvicha Kvaratskhelia's low shot into the path of the Nigeria international, who kept his composure to calmly guide the ball home, sparking scenes of pandemonium among the 11,000 travelling support and a packed-out Stadio Diego Armando Maradona who were watching history being made on big screens back in Naples.
Piotr Zieliński attempted to make sure of the title, but his driven effort was superbly kept out by Silvestri. Nevertheless, a winning goal was not forthcoming, but that mattered little to a club and a city that could celebrate a title victory for the first time since the legendary Diego Maradona donned the famous Napoli jersey.
As Andrea Sottil's side climb up to 12th place, Spalletti obtains his membership to an elite group, joining Ottavio Bianchi and Alberto Bigon as the only three Napoli managers to win the Scudetto. The city of Naples is ecstatic, and the fans are celebrating their team's success.
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