Napoli humiliate Juventus 5-1

Serie A leaders open 10-point gap at top of the table with dominant victory

REUTERS January 15, 2023


Leaders Napoli snapped Juventus's eight-match Serie A winning streak in spectacular style on Friday, handing Massimiliano Allegri's men a humiliating 5-1 thrashing on Friday in the top-of-the-table clash.

Napoli moved 10 points clear at the top of the standings with 47 points from 18 games.

Juventus slipped to third but are level on 37 points with second-placed AC Milan, who have a game in hand.

"The team played a great game, kept the pace high," Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti told DAZN. "It was a beautiful evening, especially because there was a great crowd. The Neapolitans are always behind us but this team was able to recreate love for these colours."

Napoli went ahead in the 14th minute, after Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a close-range bicycle kick by winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia but failed to deny Victor Osimhen's follow-up with a header.

Juventus had a good chance to pull one back shortly after but Angel Di Maria hit the bar with a stunning individual effort from outside the box.

Juve striker Arkadiusz Milik tried to find a way past Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret with a header five minutes later, however, his shot was not strong enough to cause trouble.

Instead, Osimhen set up Kvaratskhelia for Napoli's second, sending in a precise cross into an empty space for the Georgian to put a finishing touch and double their lead in the 39th minute.

Di Maria put Juventus back in the match three minutes later when he made it 2-1 with a low shot into the left corner, leaving Meret helpless between the posts. Defender Amir Rrahmani restored a two-goal lead for Napoli 10 minutes into the second half with a powerful first-touch finish following a corner.

Osimhen could have made it 4-1 from close range minutes later but his shot went narrowly above the bar. But the striker managed to return on the scoresheet in the 65th minute with his second header of the evening – and 12th Serie A goal of the season.

Substitute Eljif Elmas sealed the win for Napoli in the 72nd minute.

"This was a deserved defeat, because we went into the game with less energy," Allegri said after his 450th clash in Serie A as a manager.


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