From hero to villain: Koulibaly sent off as defeat leaves Napoli's title hopes hanging by a thread

The defender had revived Napoli’s prospects with a dramatic late winner against Juve only last week.

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was red-carded against Fiorentina.
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was red-carded against Fiorentina.

KALIDOU KOUBILALY WAS sent off early as Napoli’s title hopes took a severe knock on Sunday with a Giovanni Simeone hat-trick giving Fiorentina a shock 3-0 win which allowed Juventus to close in on the Serie A title.

With just three games left, Juve have a four-point lead and could wrap up a seventh straight league title next weekend.

Koulibaly, the hero who scored the last-gasp header that kept Napoli’s ambitions alive with a 1-0 win over Juventus in Turin last week, was sent off after just eight minutes for a foul on Simeone.

Argentina forward Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone — scored all three goals in a spectacular display to keep Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes alive.

Maurizio Sarri’s side fell four points behind Juventus who battled past 10-man Inter Milan in a 3-2 San Siro thriller on Saturday night with two late goals in three minutes.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side play at home against Bologna on Saturday and could win the Scudetto if Napoli fail to win at home against Torino on Sunday.

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© – AFP, 2018

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