- Napoli-Juve duel is the most competitive in Europe
- Napoli trail Juve by a point after Koulibaly winner
- Napoli-Juve: on this year....
Napoli-Juve duel is the most competitive in Europe
Napoli - Juventus - 3-2 - Highlights - TIM Cup 2016/172017 del a cosa serve il plank
Serie A leaders Napoli surrendered their unbeaten start to the season as Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain returned to haunt his former club with the only goal in a win. Higuain was a major injury doubt before the game after undergoing surgery on a broken bone in his left hand earlier this week, but was named in the starting XI by head coach Massimiliano Allegri. And the gamble paid off as Higuain's 12th-minute strike proved the difference between the two sides at the Stadio San Paolo, lifting Juventus to second in the table and just a point behind their fierce rivals. The visitors started brightly and Higuain - who left Naples for Turin for 90 million euros in July -- almost broke the deadlock with just four minutes on the clock after being played in by Douglas Costa, but his shot was well saved by Pepe Reina. But there was not much Reina could do to prevent the Argentina international opening the scoring after 12 minutes as Juve launched a swift counter-attack which saw Paulo Dybala set up Higuain to fire home from 10 yards. Higuain was clattered by Kalidou Koulibaly's despairing challenge in the process of scoring, but was instantly back on his feet to celebrate a fifth goal in as many games against Napoli.
After all the games between Napoli and Juventus , there were five outings that represented more than just a win for the Bianconeri. And, given the importance of the games, they placed themselves in a special place along the time scale, acquiring a meaning that went beyond the season in which they were played. More than two points were up for grabs with a win when Juventus visited the San Paolo in the return fixture. Because in Naples, Luis Vinicio - a former Neapolitan player - as a coach proposes a new brand of football, borrowed from the Dutch at the World Cup, included zone markings, high offsides, and compact team. A tennis-like scoreline comes from it. Altafini opened the scoring, which was followed by a brace from Damiani and a goal from Bettega. Causio and Viola each.
Juventus faced Napoli at San Paolo, with only one result in mind: the Partenopei were four points in front of the Bianconeri, and if they were to win, they would create an even bigger gap at the top of the table. Juventus only needed four minutes to break the ice: "It would soon be recognised that Higuain would become the protagonist of the match, when he tested Pepe Reina after combining with Douglas Costa. In the 13th minute, the decisive episode took place: Douglas Costa recovered the ball, spirnted away and fed the ball through to Dybala , who lead the counter attack. He saw Higuain on the right, and released the ball into the area. And with Pipita in that position, the outcome was already on the cards. Upon reflection, it would be a result that would be decisive for the continuation of the championship. Your exclusive access to the Bianconeri world.
Napoli trail Juve by a point after Koulibaly winner
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