MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 11:16:02
Mar 22, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio San Paolo
Napoli
1-1
AtalantaAtalanta BC
Zapata (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Pinilla (72')
Gomez (55')

Result: Duvan Zapata rescues point for Napoli against 10-man Atalanta BC

Duvan Zapata scores a late equaliser as Napoli share a 1-1 draw with 10-man Atalanta BC in their Serie A clash.

Duvan Zapata scored a late equalsier to rescue a 1-1 draw for Napoli against 10-man Atalanta BC in Serie A this evening.

The hosts made a dominant start to the match and Miguel Britos almost gave them an early lead when his header was turned wide of the post.

Atalanta's Italian forward Rolando Bianchi (L) fights for the ball with Napoli's Uruguayan defender Miguel Angel Britos during the Italian Serie A football match SSC Napoli vs Atalanta BC on March 22, 2015© Getty Images

Atalanta's first real moment of danger came from German Denis, who saw his strike comfortably held by Mariano Andujar.

The visitors then wasted a huge opportunity to break the deadlock when Giulio Migliaccio's strike deflected kindly into the path of Alejandro Gomez, but from just a few yards out, the striker put his effort over the bar.

As the first half progressed Napoli enjoyed plenty of possession and Manolo Gabbiadini caused the Atalanta defence a moment of panic with a powerful free kick that was beaten to safety by Marco Sportiello.

The teams went into the break on level terms, but within three minutes of the second half Gonzalo Higuain saw his close-range attempt blocked by the keeper.

Atalanta were then dealt a blow as Gomez was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Jose Callejon.

Napoli almost made their numerical advantage count straight away, but Jonathan de Guzman could only place his low strike against the outside of the post.

Despite the home side's dominance, it was Atalanta who took a shock lead in the 72nd minute as Mauricio Pinilla stole possession from Henrique and rounded Andujar before sliding the ball into the empty net.

It seemed as if Atalanta would hold on to claim the points, but with a minute of the game left to play Marek Hamsik whipped in a cross to the back post and Zapata rose highest to power a header into the net.

In stoppage time Hamsik almost snatched the win for the hosts, but his effort skidded inches wide of the post as Napoli saw their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League take a damaging blow.

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Atalanta's Italian forward Rolando Bianchi (L) fights for the ball with Napoli's Uruguayan defender Miguel Angel Britos during the Italian Serie A football match SSC Napoli vs Atalanta BC on March 22, 2015
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