Napoli Slump To Empoli Loss In Champions League Setback


Empoli shocked by the defeat of Naples in the Champions League

Serie A: Empoli beats Napoli 1-0© X (Twitter)

Napoli's hopes of making it to the Champions League were dealt another blow on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Serie A strugglers Empoli. Alberto Cerri scored the only goal of the game after just four minutes when he headed unchallenged. Previous post. It was his first top-flight goal in three years. Empoli might have had a second goal early in the period but Nicolo Cambiaghi's powerful drive came off the post.

The result left defending champions Napoli in eighth place, six points behind Roma, who currently occupy the fifth and final qualifying spot for next season's Champions League.

Empoli dropped to 15th in the table, four points above the drop zone.

Italy was this week awarded five spots instead of four in the elite club competition after its teams took the top two spots in the UEFA coefficient standings.

Roma and Atalanta both advanced to the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Fiorentina are in the last four of the Europa Conference League.

This means that Italy has a coefficient of 19.428 points, ahead of Germany (17.928 points) and England (17.375) and will take one of the two additional places in the tournament.

The Champions League will have 36 teams in the group stage from next season, four more than this season.

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