Gianluca Lapadula scored a twice as Lecce rebuffed an inefficient Napoli who fallen to a 3-2 defeat at home in Serie A on Sunday.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side had revived any expectations of European football next season after a league wins upon Juventus and Sampdoria, and dispensing with Lazio from the Italian Cup.
However, after a brilliant beginning to the match in Naples southerners Lecce rebuffed the hosts to win their first league win since November 30.
“The greatest concern is the delicacy of the team today,” said Gattuso.
“We’re living in dread. We didn’t hurt them in the first half when we had five or six shots on goal. We were excessively too passive.
“I saw a team who battled to support themselves.
“We had an incredible chance to go up in the standings. For me today we were not a team.”
Lapadula got through after half time, scoring the first of his double, with Marco Mancoscu fixing triumph with a great free kick a short ways from time.
Arkadiusz Milik had leveled for Napoli soon after the break with Jose Callejon lessening the deficiency late.
The hosts were enraged at being denied a penalty for a foul on Milik on front of goal, with the Pole boxed for simulation.
“It’s wrong,” said Gattuso. “On the off chance that there is Var, you ought to proceed to view Var. It costs nothing.”
Napoli sit 11th four points off the Europa League berths, with Lecce winning an important three points as they sit over the transfer zone.
Somewhere else, Mario Balotelli’s Brescia earned a point with a 1-1 draw at home against Udinese in new manager Diego Lopez’s first game in control for the basement club.
Jeremie Boga scored late to snatch at 2-1 win for Sassuolo at SPAL.
At the highest point of the table, Inter Milan get an opportunity to pull level with leaders Juventus later on Sunday when they take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s AC Milan in a derby conflict at the San Siro.
Lazio are four ponits behind Juventus in third before they travel to Parma.