Football: Napoli stumble at Fiorentina and trail Juventus by 8pts, Martinez gets Inter back to winning ways

Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont (in red) going for the ball during the Serie A football match against Napoli on Feb 9, 2019.
Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont (in red) going for the ball during the Serie A football match against Napoli on Feb 9, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MILAN (AFP) - Napoli could finish the weekend trailing Italian Serie A leaders Juventus by 11 points, after Carlo Ancelotti's wasteful side stuttered to a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on Saturday (Feb 9).

Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont produced a string of saves to deny Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens as Napoli failed to score away from home for the third game running.

"We dropped two points that we would've deserved for attacking from start to finish," Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.

"In some ways, it was an impeccable performance, but we weren't clinical enough in front of goal and were forced to make do with a point."

Hosts Fiorentina drew for the 11th time in 23 matches this season. Their best chance came just after half-time when French midfielder Jordan Veretout was denied by an excellent stop from Alex Meret.

Inter Milan, in third, got back to winning ways with Argentine Lautaro Martinez coming off the bench late and scoring the only goal after 79 minutes in a 1-0 victory at Parma.

Radja Nainggolan set up the Argentinian to give Luciano Spalletti's side their first goal and league win of 2019.

Inter are now nine points behind Napoli (52 points), with Roma in fourth and Lazio fifth (both have 38 points) after their wins over Chievo and Empoli earlier this week.

Unbeaten Juventus could stretch their advantage to double digits on Sunday when they travel to mid-table Sassuolo.