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Napoli vs Salernitana (2-1): Napoli Snatch Late Win Against Salernitana, Rrahmani the Hero

The San Paolo erupted in a cacophony of cheers as Amir Rrahmani slid the ball home in the dying seconds of the match, rescuing Napoli from a frustrating tie against Serie A bottom-dwellers Salernitana. After four winless games and mounting pressure on caretaker manager Walter Mazzarri, this late winner felt like a life raft thrown to a floundering team.

Salernitana, surprisingly, struck first. Wily veteran Antonio Candreva unleashed a thunderbolt from afar, his fifth Serie A goal this season. It was a moment of magic in an otherwise dull first half, with Napoli’s attempts to respond sailing harmlessly over and wide.

Just as another blank seemed inevitable, a glimmer of hope appeared. A VAR check awarded Napoli a penalty in stoppage time, and Matteo Politano coolly converted, silencing the stunned Salernitana fans.

The second half was a nervy affair. Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Napoli’s usually dazzling Georgian, had a golden opportunity to put the game to bed but fluffed his lines. Both teams toiled away, lacking the quality to truly take control.

But then, with the clock ticking towards eternity, fate intervened. A scramble in the Salernitana box saw the ball fall perfectly for Rrahmani, who thumped it home with all his might. The stadium exploded, Mazzarri pumped his fists, and Napoli breathed a collective sigh of relief.

This dramatic victory was more than just three points. It was a lifeline, a reminder that even in the murkiest waters, Napoli can still find a way to swim. The win lifts them three places to sixth, reigniting their Champions League hopes. Salernitana, meanwhile, remain anchored to the bottom, two late 2-1 defeats after taking the lead a bitter pill to swallow for manager Filippo Inzaghi.

For Napoli, the hero of the hour was undoubtedly Rrahmani. His late strike wasn’t just a goal; it was a symbol of resilience, a testament to the team’s fighting spirit. As the dust settles on this dramatic encounter, one thing is clear: Napoli are back in the fight, and they’re not going down without a fight.

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