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Juventus edge Napoli in seven-goal Serie A thriller

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly's own goal settled one of the most exciting games of the season

Juventus beat Napoli in a remarkable Serie A game as Kalidou Koulibaly's injury-time own goal negated the visitors' three-goal comeback.

The champions led 3-0 through goals from debutant Danilo, former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo's first of the season.

But three summer signings scored to put Napoli level - Kostas Manolas, Hirving Lozano and Giovanni di Lorenzo.

That was in vain as Koulibaly shinned a deep free-kick past his own keeper.

Juve, who have won the last eight titles, clearly lacked the presence of captain Giorgio Chiellini - likely to be out for several months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury - at the back, with £67.5m summer signing Matthijs de Ligt making a shaky debut.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri did not take charge against his former club as he recovers from pneumonia, although he was at the Allianz Stadium watching the game.

How Juventus took control

The contest looked over after 62 minutes, with Juventus very impressive in the first half especially.

Former Manchester City defender Danilo had to come on to replace the injured Mattia de Sciglio, and 29 seconds into his debut he scored after converting Costa's cross to finish off a swift counter-attack.

Higuain then doubled the lead brilliantly as he turned Koulibaly before smashing the bouncing ball past Alex Meret with the outside of his foot. Ronaldo added a third in the second half as he finished another Costa cross.

The Napoli comeback

Former Roma defender Manolas' header from Mario Rui's cross in the 66th minute looked a mere consolation.

But two minutes later they had real hope when Lozano, on his debut following a move from PSV Eindhoven, slotted in from Mario Rui's cross to become the first Mexican to ever score in Serie A.

Juventus winger Costa had a good shot tipped on to the woodwork by Meret - and that save looked crucial moments later.

The dream looked set to become a reality for Napoli, who have finished second to Juventus in three of the past four seasons, when Di Lorenzo, a summer signing from Empoli, beat De Ligt to the ball to scramble home a free-kick.

There was one more Napoli goalscorer, but sadly it was into his own net as Koulibaly, scorer of a famous winner against Juve in April 2018, got his angles wrong and rifled Paulo Dybala's deep free-kick past Meret.

Line-ups

Juventus

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2De SciglioSubstituted forDaniloat 15'minutes
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4de Ligt
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 80mins
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forCanat 60'minutes
  • 5Pjanic
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 52mins
  • 11Douglas CostaBooked at 83mins
  • 21HiguaínSubstituted forDybalaat 76'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 10Dybala
  • 13Danilo
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 23Can
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Rabiot
  • 28Demiral
  • 30Bentancur
  • 31Pinsoglio
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 77Buffon

Napoli

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Meret
  • 22Di LorenzoBooked at 44mins
  • 44Manolas
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31GhoulamBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMário Ruiat 45'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 20Zielinski
  • 5AllanSubstituted forElmasat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forLozanoat 45'minutes
  • 8Ruiz
  • 14Mertens

Substitutes

  • 2Malcuit
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 9Verdi
  • 11Lozano
  • 12Elmas
  • 13Luperto
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 34Younes
  • 70Gaetano
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
39,203

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus 4, Napoli 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus 4, Napoli 3.

  3. Goal!

    Own Goal by Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli. Juventus 4, Napoli 3.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Eljif Elmas (Napoli).

  6. Post update

    Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Miralem Pjanic (Juventus).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Douglas Costa (Juventus) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eljif Elmas (Napoli).

  10. Post update

    Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Juventus).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kostas Manolas (Napoli).

  14. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Booking

    Douglas Costa (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Costa (Juventus).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi with a headed pass.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Juventus 3, Napoli 3. Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Callejón with a cross following a set piece situation.

  20. Booking

    Alex Sandro (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 31st August 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus22005326
2Bologna21102114
3Inter Milan11004043
4Lazio11003033
5Atalanta11003213
6Torino11002113
7Udinese11001013
8Napoli21017703
9Brescia21011103
10AC Milan21011103
11Genoa10103301
12Roma10103301
13Hellas Verona10101101
14Fiorentina100134-10
15Sassuolo100112-10
16Cagliari100101-10
17Parma100101-10
18Sampdoria100103-30
19Lecce100104-40
20SPAL200224-20
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