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Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli fans show support before game against Bologna

Kalidou Kolibaly
Napoli defender Koulibaly was banned for two games after being sent off against Inter

Napoli supporters held aloft posters and banners in support of defender Kalidou Koulibaly in their first match since he was allegedly racially abused.

Senegal international Koulibaly missed the 3-2 victory over Bologna as a result of the red card he was shown during Thursday's game at Inter Milan.

Fans at the San Paolo carried posters which read 'Siamo tutti Koulibaly' - 'We are all Koulibaly'.

Inter supporters, meanwhile, were barred from Saturday's match at Empoli.

After a meeting between the club and its security group, Empoli announcedexternal-link ticket sales to away fans had been "suspended" and further information would be given to those who had already purchased one.

Inter won the match 1-0, with Koulibaly's Senegal team-mate Keita Balde scoring the winning goal in the second half.

Luciano Spalletti's Inter must play their next two home games at the San Siro behind closed doors.

In Naples, Dries Mertens scored a late winner and Arkadiusz Milik netted twice for Carlo Ancelotti's side to stay nine points behind unbeaten leaders Juventus, who beat Sampdoria 2-1.

Kalidou Kolibaly banner
Banners were held in support of Koulibaly
Empoli v Inter Milan
Inter played at Empoli in front of empty away stands

'In freedom we are all alike'

The day before Napoli's game at Bologna, Faouzi Ghoulam wrote a tweetexternal-link in support of team-mate Koulibaly, which read:

"It doesn't matter the colour of the skin.

"It doesn't matter religion.

"It doesn't matter what team you're rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom

"And in freedom we are all alike.

"Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!"

Fauozi Ghoulam mask
Algeria full-back Ghoulam wore a mask of Koulibaly
Fauozi Ghoulam
Ghoulam wore Koulibaly's number 26 shirt in the warm-up

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Meret
  • 2MalcuitBooked at 80mins
  • 33Albiol
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 31GhoulamSubstituted forMário Ruiat 68'minutes
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forOunasat 83'minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 5AllanBooked at 90mins
  • 9VerdiSubstituted forRuizat 58'minutes
  • 14Mertens
  • 99Milik

Substitutes

  • 6Mário Rui
  • 8Ruiz
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 30Rog
  • 34Younes
  • 42Diawara

Bologna

Formation 3-5-2

  • 28Skorupski
  • 4De MaioBooked at 46mins
  • 23Larangeira
  • 18Helander
  • 14Mattiello
  • 16PoliSubstituted forOrsoliniat 79'minutes
  • 5PulgarBooked at 24mins
  • 32SvanbergSubstituted forNagyat 71'minutes
  • 35Dijks
  • 24Palacio
  • 9SantanderSubstituted forFalcinelliat 42'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Da Costa
  • 3González
  • 7Orsolini
  • 8Nagy
  • 11Krejci
  • 15Mbaye
  • 17Donsah
  • 22Destro
  • 30Okwonkwo
  • 31Dzemaili
  • 33Calabresi
  • 91Falcinelli
Referee:
Gianpaolo Calvarese
Attendance:
46,585

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamBologna
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 3, Bologna 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Bologna 2.

  3. Post update

    Allan (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Diego Falcinelli (Bologna).

  5. Booking

    Allan (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Allan (Napoli).

  7. Post update

    Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Napoli. Kevin Malcuit tries a through ball, but Fabián Ruiz is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Alex Meret.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danilo (Bologna) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riccardo Orsolini with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Nikola Maksimovic.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Ounas.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Kevin Malcuit.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 3, Bologna 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Adam Ounas replaces José Callejón.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mário Rui (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 2, Bologna 2. Danilo (Bologna) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Erick Pulgar with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Booking

    Kevin Malcuit (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Malcuit (Napoli).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th December 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus19172038112753
2Napoli19142337172044
3Inter Milan19123431141739
4Lazio199552821732
5AC Milan198742620631
6Roma1986534241030
7Sampdoria198563223929
8Atalanta1984739271228
9Torino196942419527
10Fiorentina196852518726
11Sassuolo196763032-225
12Parma197481723-625
13Cagliari194871725-820
14Genoa195592535-1020
15Udinese194691623-718
16SPAL1945101527-1217
17Empoli1944112237-1516
18Bologna1927101529-1413
19Frosinone1917111237-2510
20Chievo1918101435-218
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