Napoli had the majority of possession and had a chance to win their first championship in 33 years, but goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was extremely busy between the posts, denied them on a flurry of efforts.
With six games left, Napoli now has 79 points, greatly exceeding Lazio’s (61) second-place standing. On Thursday, they will have one more opportunity to secure the Scudetto at Udinese.
Salernitana was under a lot of pressure for the whole of the game; Victor Osimhen made his first effort at scoring the goal inside the first 70 seconds.
In the 23rd minute, the Nigerian striker nearly gave Napoli the lead with another header, but Ochoa made an outstanding save.
Just before halftime, Napoli midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa shot from a distance into the center of Ochoa’s goal but was likewise stopped by the Mexican goalkeeper.
After the break, midfielder Piotr Zielinski and winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia both attempted to beat Ochoa with overhead kicks that both went over the crossbar.
When Napoli finally scored shortly after the hour mark, the crowd exploded when Olivera, a defender, jumped into the box and nodded the ball from a corner kick into the bottom left corner.
Dia of Salernitana equalized by breaking into the Napoli area
However, seven minutes from time, Dia of Salernitana equalized by breaking into the Napoli area and scoring inside the far post, ruining the celebration for the thousands of fans who had flown into Naples this weekend, according to Italian media.
In their last nine league games, Salernitana, who have gone undefeated under coach Paulo Sousa, also held Inter Milan and AC Milan to 1-1 draws.
With six games left, Napoli had the opportunity to win the Serie A championship quicker than any other side in league history.
In 2018–19, Juventus was the most recent team to win the Serie A title with five games remaining, joining Inter, Fiorentina, and Torino in that elite group.
On the final day of the season in 1990, Napoli won their second championship.
Although Argentine legend Diego Maradona led Napoli to victory in 1990, wealthy northern Italian clubs like Juventus and AC Milan have won the coveted champions’ Scudetto almost exclusively ever since.