Gattuso lines up a 4-3-3 with Callejon, Milik and Insigne in attack. In defense Di Lorenzo and Mario Rui fullbacks, with Manolas and central Koulibaly. In midfield Fabian Ruiz, Allan and Zielinski. Identical form for D'Aversa with Kulusevski, Cornelius and Gervinho forward. In the middle of the field Hernani, Brugman and Barilla. In defense Iacoponi and Bruno Alves central with external Darmian and Gagliolo.
Nightmare start for Gattuso, who after just 5 'sees his Napoli under a goal and with Koulibaly out due to injury. The ducal network bears the signature of the jewel Kulusevski, good at taking advantage of a sensational mistake by Koulibaly that leaves him the green light towards Meret's door. On this occasion, the Senegalese plant gets hurt and is replaced by Luperto. Napoli in disarray, that a minute later still risks capitulating on the counterattack but this time Cornelius misses the transition to Gervinho all alone in the area. The reaction of the Azzurri, who flock to the Parma area in search of the same, is angry. Insignia tried, four times Zielinski and Milik, without success. Meanwhile, Parma must also make a change, outside the injured Cornelius and inside Sprocati. Shortly after the half-hour, Insigne's failed chance was sensational, kicking everything out in front of Sepe. Before the break, however, it is Parma who is close to doubling the score with a thunderous counterattack by Gervinho who kicks the post from an excellent position. Then the referee Di Bello concedes a penalty to Napoli for a foul by Hernani on Milik, but after consulting the VAR he only concedes a penalty from the limit that Insigne wastes.
In the second half, Gattuso's team started pushing hard again but Parma gave no space. Insigne tries from outside, but Sepe is attentive. The challenge between the blue captain and the Parma goalkeeper, ex of the match, continues with a free-kick from the edge of the same Insigne rejected in diving. One who seems unsurpassed Sepe, twice opposes Milik within a few seconds. The Polish striker redeemed himself in the 65th minute, when he signed the well-deserved draw with a perfect header on a cross from the newly entered Mertens. The San Paolo, half empty, warms up and pushes the Azzurri back. The game becomes a siege at the door of Parma, which does not give up and indeed on the counterattack returns to be seen with the usual Gervinho stopped by a super Meret. In the end Insigne comes out among the whistles, in his place inside Lozano to attempt a last assault. Gattuso's team tries all the ways, touching the goal several times with Mertens, Fabian Ruiz and Callejon. In full recovery, however, comes the mockery with Parma finding Gervinho's winning goal at the end of a deadly counter-attack action finished by the excellent Kulusevski.