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Serie A report: Napoli 2-1 Juventus

Napoli have hosted Juventus, who wanted to continue their perfect run as the away team want their first win of the season. Immediately after kick-off, Insigne found Politano, whose header flew over the crossbar. That immediately set the tone for the first 10 minutes in which the home side regularly came forward.

However, it was the old lady who happened to take the lead. Manolas’ attempted back pass from the right was blocked by Morata, who ran onto Ospina in the Napoli goal before shoving the ball past the goalkeeper. This has resulted in the game becoming more even afterwards as Napoli sought to equalize.

After the game exceeded half an hour, the home side became frustrated by the stoic defense in front of them. Elmas knocked Kulusevski down and received the game’s first yellow card.

Kulusevski had a brilliant chance just before half-time when the ball broke nicely so he could continue running. Ospina’s choking of the subsequent shot kept the 1-0 at break.

The Partenopei again dominated the attack and this time they actually earned their reward. Insigne’s curling shot was dropped by Szceszny while trying to catch him in Politano’s path. The attacker made no mistake and sneaked the ball home with his weaker right foot to restore parity.

Juventus struggled to get the ball at all, let alone move forward. Napoli enjoyed all of the possession and looked very likely to add another one. Ruiz’s fierce shot after a blow from Szceszny that sailed just over the bar as the game started in the final 15 minutes. The winner for the hosts came from another mistake.

Kean’s misjudgment shortly after being substituted on by the bench while headed a Napoli corner on his goalkeeper somehow looked back from the line to Szceszny. However, the Pole was helpless when Koulibaly whipped the rebound home five minutes from time. It stayed that way for the remainder of the game, with Juventus having no answers in the remaining time.

Here are the three key takeaways from the game:

MERIT NAPOLI STAY PERFECT

Luciano Spaletti’s side were the better team in Naples and a draw would have been a very tough result. They started the game brilliantly but unfortunately fell behind. Manolas’ poor play allows Morata to score. It has been a much more even fight since then, with both teams proceeding cautiously. Without Ospina’s quick thinking, they could fall behind by two.

However, they didn’t make the same mistakes after the break. They started with the forefoot, forcing Juventus to sit back without the ball. This enterprising game paid off, albeit with the help of a bad decision by Szceszny when Politano hit a network. The front runner came from Koulibaly five minutes from time, giving him three wins out of three.

TOOTHLESS JUVENTUS RINSE CONTINUE

Yes, the Bianconeri scored, but their overall performance was far from what one would have expected. Morata’s fine finish seemed to cover up the cracks for much of the game, but it wasn’t enough. There wasn’t enough creativity or threat while the defense seemed confused about who was tagging whom.

Aside from this Kulusevski chance, they had no clear plan or structure to overthrow their opponents’ dominance. The second half got worse as Juventus barely got hold of the ball for more than 10 seconds. Despite Szceszny’s mistake on the first goal, he was helpless on the second when Koulibaly crossed the line.

MISSING RONALDO?

The day the Portuguese scored a brace for Manchester United to help them win, the player, who was scored for Allegri, made their plight worse. Kean’s incredibly poor attempt to head a corner gave Napoli the win while looking completely ineffective on the other side.

Granted, Paulo Dybala and Federico Chiesa were big failures, but this Juventus team was bad 90% of the game. With just one point from the first three games, Turin threatens to be a long season for everyone involved.

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