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Napoli defeats the Bianconeri in Naples

Sat 13 February 2021 | 19:07

Juventus and Napoli stood against each other in a Serie A fixture in Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Juventus

came to Naples with good form, winning 10 of their 12 matches in the 2021 year, but

Napoli

had lost six of their last 12 games, showing an unstable from under Gattuso.

The only time these two have faced each other in this term was their Italian Super Cup clash, which ended with a 2-0 victory for Pirlo’s side.

Gattuso was without many of his first team players, Elseid Hysaj (calf), Konstantinos Manolas (ankle) and Dries Mertens (ankle) are all on the sidelines due to their respective injury issues. In addition, Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam also miss out as they continue to self-isolate after contracting COVID-19.

Juventus started the game with pressure dictating their play to the opponent. Napoli didn’t seem like a team who can stand against the Bianconeri’s pace in the first 15 minutes of the game.

VAR helped Napoli gain a penalty when Chiellini hit Rrahmani in the face in the 28th minute of the game, and Lorenzo Insigne used the chance and netted the ball with their first shot on target. It was the first time that Juventus concedes a goal in their last four games.

Juventus raised the pressure again after Insigne’s goal, but they weren’t able to level the match in the first half with only one shot on target.

Alex Sandro came in for Juventus as Cuadrado, who had received a yellow card in the first half, left the pitch at the beginning of the second half.

Juventus started the second half with intensity. They created the first highlight of the second half with Morata’s header that didn’t find its way, just before Ronaldo’s wide shot in the second opportunity.

Napoli didn’t show anything in the first 50 minutes of the game despite their one-goal lead.

Federico Bernardeschi, who was not in his best form, was substituted in the 63rd minute, and McKennie took his place. Napoli made two changes in the next two minutes sending Elmas and Fabian to replace Zielinski and Politano.

The first 70 minutes in the host’s favor despite Sandro’s dangerous shot in the 67th minute. Bentancur was replaced by Kulusevski, after 72 minutes of bad performance. Just two minutes later, Osimhen, who had a good performance in the match, gave his place to Petagna.

Juventus’ pressure increased as the game got closer to its final ten minutes, but Napoli’s defensive line kept holding them back.

Chiesa’s wide shot just five minutes before the end of the match started a new wave of intensity from the Bianconeri, but Gattuso's men held their shields until the last moment and won the match with only one goal that came in the first half.


source: SportMob