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Chaos as Napoli denied penalty then Atalanta equalise

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Chaos as Napoli denied penalty then Atalanta equalise
Soccer Football - Serie A - Napoli v Atalanta - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - October 30, 2019 Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne in action with Atalanta's Rafael Toloi and Remo Freuler REUTERS/Ciro De Luca   -   Copyright  CIRO DE LUCA(Reuters)

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Atalanta snatched a late 2-2 draw away to Napoli amid chaotic scenes on Wednesday as Josip Ilicic scored their equaliser seconds after their opponents had a penalty appeal waved away.

Players and officials had to wait several minutes for a VAR check to discover whether the Atalanta goal would stand or whether Napoli would be awarded a penalty. Eventually, the goal was given and Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was sent off amid angry Napoli protests.

Napoli claimed that substitute Fernando Llorente was pushed over by Simon Kjaer as he attempted to meet a cross from the left.

Nikola Maksimovic and Arkadiusz Milik twice put Napoli ahead but Remo Freuler levelled the first time for Atalanta before Ilicic equalised again with four minutes left. Eight minutes of stoppage time was added on due mainly to the VAR delay.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)