Napoli, Milan still unbeaten in Serie A

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For a team that lost their captain, all-time leading scorer and defensive stalwart in the off-season, Napoli have filled in the holes masterfully.

With every match, it seems, the southern club discover a new weapon.

After midfielder Piotr Zielinski shone in the attention-getting 4-1 win over Liverpool in the Champions League, reserve striker Giacomo Raspadori scored his first goal for Napoli in the 89th minute of a 1-0 victory over Spezia in Serie A on Saturday.

"It's difficult to play three days after a night like that against Liverpool, especially in the afternoon in this heat. But despite it all, we did everything we could to get the result," Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said.

Raspadori became Napoli's eighth different scorer in Serie A this season, tied for the most in the league with Inter Milan.

"There's a great atmosphere within the team. Everyone is very welcoming, which is important for someone shy like me joining a squad like this," Raspadori said.

Napoli are chasing their first league title since Diego Maradona led the club to their only two Serie A championships in 1987 and 1990.

In all, Napoli are doing well to move on after former captain Lorenzo Insigne left for Toronto FC, record scorer Dries Mertens went to Galatasaray and defender Kalidou Koulibaly joined Chelsea.

The last-gasp win at home moved unbeaten Napoli atop the Italian league standings, ahead of defending champions AC Milan on goal difference.

Ten-man Milan won 2-1 at Sampdoria but had Rafael Leao, their most impressive attacking player this season, sent off -- meaning he'll miss next weekend's clash with Napoli.

Junior Messias put Milan ahead six minutes in on a counterattack and Olivier Giroud converted a penalty midway through the second half to win it for Milan after Leao was sent off and Filip Duricic had equalised for Samp.

Napoli and Milan are one point ahead of Atalanta, who can reclaim the lead when they host promoted Cremonese on Sunday.

Inter Milan moved up to fourth, two points back, with a 1-0 win over Torino thanks to an 89th-minute winner from Marcelo Brozovic.

It was a textbook goal as Nicolo Barella picked out Brozovic by the far post and the Croatia midfielder darted past the defence to flick it in.

Torino dropped to seventh, four points behind Napoli.