Napoli triumphed 1-0 this Saturday against Juventus of Turin in the twenty-second day of Serie A and took revenge on the Turin team after the defeat that it endorsed in the final of the Italian Super Cup.
Once again, a penalty was the key to one of the most traditional classics in Italian football. In the Super Cup Lorenzo Insigne missed the possible tie from eleven meters, but this Saturday he was relentless, crossed the shot and sent the ball to the squad to score the decisive goal after half an hour of play.
It was the only target of a match of great intensity, fought and complicated for Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, who arrived at the meeting after the elimination suffered against Atalanta in the semifinals of the Italian Cup and that was measured with a Juventus in shape, brand new Cup finalist.
The difficulties came in the warm-up before the match, when the Colombian goal David Ospina, chosen as the starter, had to give up due to a physical problem.
But in the field Napoli played a game of great commitment, tactically attentive and even stoic in the final stretch, when the Mexican Hirving Lozano had to continue playing despite having severe muscle pain in his right leg.
The Neapolitans went ahead by half an hour thanks to a penalty awarded by the VAR for a slap to the Kosovo defender Amir Rahmani. Insigne took revenge after the mistake in the Super Cup and celebrated the goal with a special shirt and dedication to his wife.
It was his 100th goal in the jersey of Napoli, the team from the city where he grew up and of which he is captain.
Juventus’ reaction was aggressive at the restart, but neither the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo nor the Spaniard Álvaro Morata, who had a goal disallowed for a previous offside by Chiellini, could avoid a tough defeat.
It took a tremendous effort for Lozano, who suffered a muscle discomfort in his right thigh in the final minutes and had to continue competing to help his teammates as Gattuso could no longer make any more changes.
Napoli assaulted the fourth position, which is worth a ticket to the Champions League and snapped a streak of three consecutive victories in Juventus’ Serie A, which is now third and could be up to ten points behind the leader Milan, if the Rossonero win this same Saturday to Spezia.