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Late Milik goal helps Napoli beat Atalanta 2-1 in Serie A

December 3, 2018
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Napoli's Fabian Ruiz celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Napoli at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Bergamo, Italy, Monday, Dec. 3 2018. (Paolo Magni/ansa via AP)

BERGAMO, Italy (AP) — Substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored five minutes from time and Napoli won 2-1 at Atalanta on Monday to keep alive its faint Serie A title hopes.

Second-placed Napoli moved back within eight points of seven-time defending champion Juventus; and three points ahead of third-placed Inter Milan.

Milik scored with an expert volley following a cross from Mario Rui three minutes after he came on for Dries Mertens. The Poland center forward has scored seven of his 15 Serie A goals as a substitute.

“It’s a very important goal for me, as I hadn’t scored in a while,” Milik said. “Of course I want to play more and score all the time — I’m a striker — but everything isn’t always exactly the way you want it to be in football.”

Fabian Ruiz put Napoli ahead less than 90 seconds in by redirecting a splendid cross from Lorenzo Insigne on a counterattack.

Former Napoli forward Duvan Zapata equalized after the break from close range.

Atalanta remained 11th.

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