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Juventus 1-0 Napoli: Allegri’s men punish wasteful Napoli

Federico Gatti once again played a crucial role for Juventus, coming to their rescue as Napoli squandered two significant scoring opportunities in the first half.

Despite the absence of Timothy Weah, Mattia De Sciglio, Paul Pogba, and Nicolò Fagioli, with Danilo making his first start in six weeks, Juventus faced Napoli. Natan filled in as a left-back due to Mathias Olivera and Mario Rui’s unavailability. Napoli, 11 points behind leaders Inter, was in need of a positive result.

Wojciech Szczesny had a challenging moment dealing with a Giovanni Di Lorenzo cross, and Matteo Politano’s attempt from the edge of the box hit the outside of the post. Juventus also threatened, with Federico Chiesa setting up Dusan Vlahovic for a shot blocked by Natan, and Weston McKennie’s overhead kick unsuccessful. Chiesa later embarked on a remarkable run down the left, but Stanislav Lobotka intercepted his pull-back.

Napoli missed an incredible chance when Victor Osimhen’s pass to Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was poorly controlled, and the latter shot over the bar in a one-on-one situation with Szczesny.

In another golden opportunity, Piotr Zielinski’s free-kick header by Bremer rebounded off Federico Gatti, and Szczesny miraculously saved Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s follow-up shot from close range.

Dusan Vlahovic hit the post shortly after the restart, but Weston McKennie was offside on the rebound. Juventus then took the lead, as Andrea Cambiaso’s cross found Federico Gatti at the back post, and his header from six yards beat Alex Meret into the far bottom corner. Gatti had previously scored a last-minute winner against Monza a few days earlier.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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