Roma lead Serie A on Wednesday after Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw by Lecce, while disappointing Juventus defeated Spezia 2-0.
Napoli would have been in first place on goal difference after four games with a win over their newly promoted opponents at the Stadio Maradona, but Lorenzo Colombo’s rocket just after half an hour saw Lecce escape Naples by a point.
Luciano Spalletti’s side are third, two points behind Roma and one away from second-placed Inter Milan, while Lecce is 15th after taking their second point of the campaign.
Napoli thought they were on their way to a rule win when Eljif Elmas tapped in Matteo Politano’s foul shot in the 27th minute.
The hosts took the lead just seconds after Alex Meret tied them up by beating Lorenzo Colombo’s recaptured penalty after a fumble on Federico Di Francesco by Tanguy Ndombele on his full-length debut.
But Colombo – whose first successful goal was disallowed for failing to blow his whistle – was not dejected and fired Lecce four minutes after falling behind Lecce’s level.
The Italy under-21 international got a clearance and, after failing to close, spanned and unleashed a shot that sent Meret reaching for the air this time.
Napoli pushed for victory throughout the second half, but apart from Elmas being denied close quarters shortly after the break and Victor Osimhen leading late, they struggled to create clear chances and had to settle for a point.
Vlahovic strikes again
Juventus are level with Napoli in fifth place thanks to Dusan Vlahovic’s fourth goal of the season and Arkadiusz Milik’s first for the club for new signing Leandro Paredes.
Argentine star Paredes was at the Allianz Stadium in Turin after completing his loaned transfer from Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the day.
Serbian attacker Vlahovic’s free-kick opener for the hosts was a copy of his stunning attack against Roma over the weekend, but the three points don’t hide another disappointing performance from Massimiliano Allegri’s injury-chased side.
Allegri was without Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Chiesa and Paul Pogba, whose private lives made headlines after what he described as threats and extortion attempts from mobsters.
Angel Di Maria returned as a substitute in the second half after recovering from a thigh injury sustained during his debut earlier this month.
But he failed to provide the spark that would have made Juve’s win more convincing, even though fellow substitute Milik made it in stoppage time after deftly hitting the target from Fabio Miretti’s low cross.
Gabbiadini denies Lazio
Previously, Manolo Gabbiadini saved a point for Sampdoria in Wednesday’s 1-1 home draw against Lazio.
Sampdoria are 17th on just two points from their first four games after Gabbiadini skillfully pulled in his leveler in the 92nd minute, denying Lazio the chance to level with Roma.
Lazio thought they would be on 10 points after having a lead from 21 minutes on over Ciro Immobile, who calmly shot past Emil Audero after beating Samp’s offside trap and collecting Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s flamboyant tap.
Instead, Maurizio Sarri’s side are sixth, trailing local rivals Roma by two points.
Udinese is in ninth place three points from the top after inflicting a first loss of the season on Fiorentina thanks to Beto’s 17th minute strike.
Empoli and Verona played a 1-1 draw in the other early kick-off.