European Dreams Dashed: Napoli Held to Scoreless Draw by Lecce in Season Finale

Napoli had a disappointing season, ending in 10th place without European football next season. They missed their chance after a goalless draw with Lecce. In the second half, Napoli had opportunities but failed to score despite 24 shots, five on target. Jens Cajuste and Cyril Ngonge came close to scoring, hitting the post and crossbar, respectively. Lecce’s Patrick Dorgu also had a chance early in the game, hitting the post. Napoli needed a win to secure ninth place but finished below Torino due to their head-to-head record. Torino may get a Europa Conference League play-off spot depending on the outcome of Fiorentina vs. Olympiacos. Napoli ended the season with 53 points, the second-worst performance for a defending champion in Serie A. After scoring in 12 consecutive home matches against Lecce, Napoli failed to score at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona for the first time.

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