MX23RW : Monday, December 17 20:05:25
Oct 28, 2018 at 7.30pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Attendance: 30,037
Napoli
1-1
Roma
Mertens (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)

Di Francesco admits Napoli deserved a point

Di Francesco admits Napoli deserved a point
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Dries Mertens scored a late leveller for Napoli.

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco admitted Napoli deserved their 90th-minute equaliser in the Derby del Sole.

Dries Mertens struck late on to earn the second-placed hosts a 1-1 draw in Sunday’s Serie A clash.

Roma had been on course for a fourth win in five league games after Stephen El Shaarawy’s first-half opener.

But Di Francesco, whose side lost Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas to injury during the contest, felt a draw was a fair reflection of the game at Stadio San Paolo.

“We’re disappointed to have conceded in the 90th minute, even though I have to say Napoli deserved to draw in the end, given how the match went,” Di Francesco said, according to Roma’s website.

“We had players starting with fitness problems. What we most struggled with was keeping our rhythm and being incisive.

“We did have our chances in the second half but overall Napoli deserved to get the draw in the end.

“We were playing a team in great condition. We on the other hand had a number of fitness issues, starting with Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas who were forced off – these players are hugely important for us.”

Goalscorer Mertens felt Napoli deserved more from the contest as they dropped points at home for the first time this season.

He told Napoli’s website: “We didn’t get the three points tonight. I’m happy with the goal, but not with the draw because we dominated.

“When you play like that you have to win. We probably made some mistakes, because the game was entirely in our hands.

“Roma are a strong side. We did well to respond to them going in front, but we could have scored more goals. There’s a real sense of disappointment tonight.”


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2Napoli16122233141938
3Inter Milan16102428131532
4AC Milan157532418626
5Lazio167452219325
6Atalanta BCAtalanta1673630201024
7Roma166642922724
8SassuoloSassuolo166642622424
9Sampdoria166552519623
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11Torino165741917222
12Parma166371621-521
13CagliariCagliari163851520-517
14Genoa164482233-1116
15SPALSPAL164481424-1016
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17Udinese163491322-913
18Bologna152581324-1111
19FrosinoneFrosinone1615101135-248
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo160791232-204

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