Bologna provisionally took third place in Serie A by winning 2-0 on Saturday at defending champion Naples, whose eighth qualifying place for the Europa Conference League is greatly threatened.

Thiago Motta’s team, the big surprise of the season, took another step towards the Champions League on this 36th day of the championship. They are one point ahead of Juventus, now fourth before their home match against Salernitana on Sunday (6:00 p.m.).

In Naples, which is five championship matches in a row without a victory (3 draws, 2 defeats), Bologna scored through its Swiss striker Dan Ndoye (9th), with a header from close range, and its Austrian defender Stefan Posch ( 12th), also with a header, from a corner. Neapolitan striker Matteo Politano then missed a penalty, whistled for a foul by Remo Freuler on Victor Osimhen (21st).

Provisional eighth and virtual last qualified for a European Cup next season, Naples is only one point ahead of Fiorentina (9th), which has two matches in hand, including next Monday against Monza. And the Fiorentina-Naples poster for the 37th day already promises to be passionate.