And from the first minutes, Juve was enterprising through Ronaldo who lit Alex Meret 25 meters (4th). After a sequence in favor of the Old Lady, Allan responded from the same distance by sending a cannonball that forced Wojciech Szczesny to make a superb parade (14th). While the Partenopei intensified their dominance in the opposing side, Insigne stumbled on Leonardo Bonucci. The ball came back in the feet of Douglas Costa who started a counter-assassin. The Brazilian served Danilo perfectly, just entered the game in place of Mattia De Sciglio (15th), who was cheating on Meret flat foot (16th, 1-0). On a new attack of octuples defending champions, Matuidi found Higuain in the box. The Argentinian defeated Kalidou Koulibaly and sent a missile in the skylight of the goalkeeper (19th, 2-0).
Napoli overturns Juve in the second half
Stunned, Naples tried to react but Juve managed well its advance and proceeded against. Found between the lines, Ronaldo handed to Sami Khedira at the entrance to the surface, the German rolled a superb shot but it crashed on the bar (32). Naples had one knee on the ground but did not give up. But the men of Ancelotti were too imprecise in the last gesture in the image of Faouzi Ghoulam (37th) or Piotr Zielinski (43rd). After a desperate attempt by Zielinski 30 meters away, Daniele Orsato sent both teams back to the locker room. And for the resumption of the second half, the former PSG coach was reviewing his plans. Napoli brought Hirving Lozano and Mario Rui to reverse the trend. And the club of Vesuvius started this second act with other intentions.
On the ball, the Neapolitans were more enterprising but Mertens missed the ball at the penalty box (49th). The Bianconeri were still dangerous as on Matuidi's shot at the entrance to the surface (54th). Already on a steady pace, the game was still racing a little more and the ball went from one surface to another. Found on the left, Mertens tried his luck but Szczesny cleared both fists (56th). This is the moment that Ronaldo chose to open his goal counter of the season. Perfectly served by Douglas Costa, the Portuguese was ahead of Mario Rui and triggered a shot that was lodged in the goals (62nd, 3-0). Despite this score without appeal, Naples had not said his last word.
Lozano becomes the first Mexican to score in Serie A
And the Azzurri Gli came back from nowhere. One after another, the Neapolitans distilled doubt in the heads of Juve players. First by Kostas Manolas who headed a free kick Mario Rui (66th, 3-1) and reduced the gap. Moments later, it was Lozano who gave hope to his team. Served by Zielinski, the Mexican placed a perfect foot dish that cheated the Polish goalkeeper (68, 3-2). In an end of anxiety game, Naples was launched a little more to the assault of Juventini goal. And the Partenopei even came to an end thanks to Giovanni Di Lorenzo. The side took a free hit from Callejon and put the two teams tied (81st, 3-3).
The scenario seemed to have found its epilogue but it was not counting on a final turnaround. In the final seconds of this meeting, Juve had one last chance on a goal kick shot by Miralem Pjanic. While this one did not seem particularly dangerous, Koulibaly tried to clear but his missed clearance ended his race in his own goal (90 + 2, 4-3). Terrible disillusionment for the Napoli who had returned from the underworld to recover his delay but still has to bow down.
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