Victor Osimhen made his return to Serie A action on Sunday after three months out for Napoli.
However, the comeback of the Nigerian striker was uneventful as the 21-year failed to inspire Generro Gatusso’s side to the victory they craved for away to Verona as they ended up losing 3-1.
Gattuso’s men actually got off to a perfect start in Verona as, almost straight from kick-off, Mexican forward Lozano fired home after Verona defender Federico Dimarco missed Diego Demme’s long ball.
But Dimarco made up for his mistake by volleying in the equaliser on 34 minutes.
Antonin Barak put Verona ahead after the hour mark with a low finish into the far corner from a tight angle, before Mattia Zaccagni headed in the third with 11 minutes to go.
Napoli’s record scorer Dries Mertens and Osimhen, who returned after recovering from a shoulder injury and coronavirus, came off the bench in the second half but failed to inspire a comeback.
Verona are ninth, four points off the European berths.
As for Napoli, they missed the chance to move ahead of Juventus and sit sixth, two points adrift of the Champions League berths.
At San Siro, AC Milan were simply blown away as Atalanta romped to a 3-0 win over the table-toppers.
Cristian Romero headed home Robin Gosens’ corner after 26 minutes before Josip Ilicic was brought down by Milan’s Franck Kessie in the area midway through the second half.
Ilicic converted the penalty before Duvan Zapata added a third late on.
Inter, who could have gone level at the top with a win, were held to a goalless draw at Udinese.
Atalanta, who become just the second side to beat AC Milan in Serie A this season, rise to fourth in the table.
Elsewhere, Juventus, chasing a 10th straight Scudetto, won 2-0 earlier Sunday to move seven points behind leaders AC Milan with a game in hand.
It was goals galore in Rome where Roma and Spezia played out a seven-goal thriller with the hosts claiming a 4-3 victory.
The victory for Roma takes them to third spot while Spezia have dropped to the 15th position on the Serie A log.
In Florence, Simy Nwankwo’s Cortone were pipped 2-1 by Fiorentina.
Action will shift to the Copa Italia midweek before the Serie A takes the center stage again by the weekend
Benevento 2 – 2 Torino
Roma 4 – 3 Spezia
AC Milan 0 – 3 Atalanta
Udinese 0 – 0 Inter
Fiorentina 2 – 1 Crotone
Juventus 2 – 0 Bologna
Genoa 1 – 0 Cagliari
Hellas Verona 3 – 1 SSC Napoli
Lazio 2 – 1 Sassuolo
Parma Calcio 1913 0 – 2 Sampdoria