Napoli end 33-year wait for Serie A title

This was not the stadium where Napoli had hoped to seal their Serie A title but after a 33-year wait you can make any place feel like the promised land. There are more than 500 miles of road between the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona and Udinese’s Dacia Arena, and thousands of supporters travelled them to be present when their team crossed the finish line.

They were made to suffer a little while longer, watching Napoli fall behind to a brilliantly taken goal by Sandi Lovric. But when Victor Osimhen swept an equaliser home through a crowded penalty area at the start of the second half the celebrations began in earnest. One point was all Napoli needed.

The striker ran to the nearest pocket of away fans and hammered his palms on the barrier, so hard that he appeared to break the protective face mask he had torn off to celebrate. A giant flag of Maradona’s face looked down from behind the goal. Teammates raced over from the bench in yellow bibs with a phrase printed on them: “I will be with you, and you must never give up.”