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Napoli's furious late comeback keeps Serie A title race alive

Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik celebrates the first of two late goals against Chievo Verona. (Reuters)

With two minutes of the 90 remaining in Napoli’s home game against 15th-place Chievo Verona on Sunday, Serie A’s title race appeared to be all but over.

Napoli trailed 1-0. It trailed Juventus by seven points – three more than the league-leaders have dropped since mid-November. With just seven matches remaining once the final whistle blew, a shot at the Italian king seemed to have slipped from Napoli’s grasp.

But in a few massive minutes, Napoli seized it back. Arkadiusz Milik, back from injury, equalized in the 89th:


And with one of the last kicks of the game, after Chievo failed to clear a corner, Amadou Diawara found the side-netting to incite wild celebrations at the Stadio San Paolo:


In four furious minutes, the gap between Juve and Napoli went from seven points from four. And the Serie A title race switched from off back to on.

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Henry Bushnell covers global soccer, and occasionally other ball games, for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Question? Comment? Email him at henrydbushnell@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @HenryBushnell.