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Napoli Thump Juventus! – Italian Football News 14 Jan 23

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Napoli Thump Juventus! – Italian Football News 14 Jan 23
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Ciao, ragazzi! This is Andrew with your Calcio Daily for Saturday January 14th!

Wow, Just Wow!

Yesterday, we billed it as the biggest game of the season and it didn’t disappoint, but nobody could have predicted a 5-1 win at the Stadio Maradona for his beloved Napoli against Juventus.

It was first versus second, a win for Juventus would have been their ninth in a row and put them to within just 4 points of Napoli – a distance they would be more than capable of reducing even further with half a season to go.

But instead of leaving Naples with three points, Max Allegri left the city with his tail between his legs.

By far the star of the show was Napoli’s Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and it was the man in the mask who opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Szczesny’s save from a Kravatskhelia shot fell to the striker to nod home.

The Georgian winger scored the second himself. Osimhen forced an error from Bremer and when he slotted the ball across for Kravatskhelia, his right-footed finish was crisp and accurate.

Juve then took control and for the final 10 minutes of the first half, looked the stronger team. Di maria’s persistence on the edge of the box finished with a curling shot past Meret for 2-1, Juve right back in it just before half time and indeed, were it not for an amazing reflex save from Meret when Rrahmani sliced a clearance towards his own goal, Juve would have gone in level.

In the second half, though, Napoli took control. Osimhen had the Juve defenders terrified. The Juve defenders, who had not conceded a single goal for 9 games, folded again on 55 minutes. A corner from the right was flicked by Zambo-Anguissa and found it sway to Rrahmani, who finished well from just inside the box to make it 3-1.

The pick of the goals was Napoli’s fourth and Osimhen’s second.

After keeping the ball from going out for another Napoli corner, Bremer was dispossessed by Mario Rui who slipped it to Kravatskhelia. His cross into the box was a thing of beauty, curling in between two Juve defenders to find the head of Osimhen, Who thundered it past Szczesny for 4-1.

The rout was complete on 72 when Elmas round off a neat passing move with a deflected goal.

On the night of Andrea Agnelli’s final official game as Juve President, his team were well and truly humbled, conceding 5 in a league match for the first time in just short of 30 years.

After the game Allegri offered up an honest appraisal – “This was a deserved defeat, because we went into the game with less energy. The situations we conceded were also fairly easy to read and predict, but sometimes luck is on your side and sometimes it isn’t. We tried to turn it around towards half-time, but Napoli fully deserved it”

Meanwhile Osimhen was keen to spread the praise around the team – “Congratulations to the team, big respect to Juventus for the fight, we needed this more. I am happy for the result and happy to contribute to the team with two goals and an assist. We want to build on this momentum.”

Milan, who were in third place on goal difference, tonight have the chance to capitalise on Juve’s defeat and can go 3 points ahead of the with a win away to Lecce while Inter can draw level with Juventus with a win at home to Verona

Here are this weekend’s Serie A matches:

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