Jan 25, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
1-1
ChievoAC Chievo Verona
Albiol (88')
Maggio (59')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Sardo (18')
Cesar (61'), Dainelli (66')

Result: Napoli snatch late draw against AC Chievo Verona

Raul Albiol scores a late equaliser for Napoli in their clash against AC Chievo Verona.

Napoli have denied AC Chievo Verona a surprise win with a late equaliser in their Serie A match this evening.

The hosts controlled possession early on and Dries Mertens could have given them the lead with 12 minutes played, but his header went narrowly over the crossbar.

Genaro Sardo of Chievo Verona scores a goal during the Italian Serie A football match SSC Napoli vs AC Chievo Verona at San Paolo Stadium on January 25, 2014© Getty Images

Chievo made the most of that miss by going 1-0 ahead shortly after. Cyril Thereau passed the ball to Gennaro Sardo, who fired into the top corner from close range.

Jose Callejon made space in the box as Napoli pushed for an equaliser, but his effort went wide of the post.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, Mertens received the ball in the box and crashed a shot against the post.

Raul Albiol latched onto a cross early in the second half, but he was unable to find the target as Rafael Benitez's men pushed their opponents back.

Mertens was extremely unlucky as he again hit the post direct from a free kick.

With time running out, the hosts hit the woodwork for the third time as Lorenzo Insigne fired a shot against the bar.

However, they finally broke Chievo's resistance with two minutes left. Albiol pounced on a loose ball and slotted it past the goalkeeper.

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne is congratulated by team mate Marek Hamsik after scoring his team's second goal against Dortmund during their Champions League group match on September 18, 2013
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