Napoli win Serie A title after 33 years

Napoli have won their first Italian Serie A title in 33 years, clinching the Scudetto on Thursday with a 1-1 draw at Udinese.

Luciano Spalletti’s men needed just a point away at Udinese on Thursday evening to seal the title.

Serie A’s top scorer, Victor Osimhen equalised for Napoli in the 52nd minute to spark wild celebrations.

The title is Napoli’s third in Italy’s top division and first since legendary Argentine Diego Maradona led them to championships in 1987 and 1990.

Napoli’s home stadium was renamed in Maradona’s honour following his death in November 2020.

Napoli could have sealed the title at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Sunday but conceded a late equaliser to Salernitana to extend the wait for four more days. But they went into Thursday’s game knowing a point would be enough after nearest challengers Lazio beat Sassuolo a day earlier.

As a result, 11,000 Napoli fans followed the team to the Dacia Arena at Udine, in northern Italy, in anticipation of a celebration more than three decades in the making. More than 50,000 supporters were also expected at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, after it was opened for fans to watch the game.

For weeks, Napoli’s march to the title had seemed inevitable as they built a massive lead over their rivals.

Luciano Spalletti’s side went unbeaten through their first 15 games of the campaign, including an 11-match winning streak. After that first loss, away at Inter, Napoli immediately went on an eight-game winning run to go 18 points clear at the top and put a stranglehold on the Scudetto.

The team has been led by Nigerian striker Osimhen, who fittingly secured the title Thursday with his 22nd goal of the campaign.

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