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Injury scare for Ospina as Napoli beat Udinese

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Injury scare for Ospina as Napoli beat Udinese
Soccer Football - Serie A - Napoli v Udinese Calcio - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - March 17, 2019 Napoli's Amin Younes celebrates scoring their first goal with Dries Mertens as Udinese's Juan Musso looks dejected REUTERS/Ciro De Luca   -   Copyright  CIRO DE LUCA(Reuters)
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By Alasdair Mackenzie

(Reuters) – Second-placed Napoli survived a spirited Udinese fightback to record a 4-2 Serie A win on Sunday but there were concerns over a head injury to keeper David Ospina at the Stadio San Paolo.

The Colombian, who arrived on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the close season, collided with Udinese’s Ignacio Pussetto early in the game and collapsed later in the first half before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital.

Italian media reports said a CT scan was clear but Ospina will remain under observation for the next 24-48 hours.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were pegged back after taking a two-goal lead in the first half, but pulled away after the break to reduce Juventus’ lead at the top of Serie A to 15 points.

Amin Younes’ curled finish on his first start of the season gave Napoli an early lead before Jose Callejon doubled their advantage with a bundled finish.

Udinese responded in impressive fashion as Kevin Lasagna’s strike got them back in the game on the half-hour before Seko Fofana drove a finish past Ospina to draw the visitors level.

Arkadiusz Milik headed Napoli back in front from a corner in the second half and Dries Mertens made sure of the points as he darted inside and found the net with 20 minutes remaining.

Earlier, Lazio thrashed Parma 4-1 in Rome and relegation-threatened Empoli recorded a vital 2-1 win over second-bottom rivals Frosinone, while bottom side Chievo produced a shock by holding European hopefuls Atalanta to a 1-1 draw in Bergamo.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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