S.S.C. Napoli vs Juventus F.C.


Serie A

April 2nd

Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy


6′ Khedira

60′ Hamšík

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FT: The result means that Juventus remain on top of the league but now move onto 74 points while Napoli remain in third and move onto 64 points.

FT: Juventus rarely threatened the Napoli goal in the second-half and the closest they came was when Lemina fired an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

FT: The hosts dominated the second-half and created a number of good chances. First Insigne went close when he fired an effort that curled just over the bar before Callejón had a good correctly ruled out for offside. Hamšík then drew Napoli level with a fine first-time strike before Mertens was denied by the post after a short back-pass by Chiellini. The Neapolitans had a good chance late-on when Callejón met a cross-field pass from Zieliński but no-one in a Napoli shirt could get onto the end of it. Mertens thought he was impeded by Lichtsteiner in the dying moments of the match but the referee was unmoved.

FT: So Napoli have prevented Juventus from extending their lead at the top of Serie A to eight points.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+2′ Penalty appeal!! Mertens feels as though he’s been impeded by Lichtsteiner, who has a hold of the Belgian’s shirt but the referee is unmoved.

90’+1′ Mertens is penalised for a foul on Bonucci.

90’+1′ Ghoulam wins a freekick.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Chance!! Zieliński wonderfully picks-out Callejón with a lofted pass but the Spaniard’s header back across the face of goal finds no-one in a Napoli shirt.

86′ Dybala is penalised for handball.

86′ Final Juventus change sees Pjanić replaced by Tomás Rincón.

85′ Jorginho is penalised for handball.

79′ Second Juventus change sees Paulo Dybala replace Marchisio.

78′ Final Napoli change sees Faouzi Ghoulam replace Strinić.

78′ Pjanić wins a freekick after a foul from Rog.

77′ Rog fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

76′ Strinić wins a freekick after a foul from Lichtsteiner.

75′ Second Napoli change sees Marko Rog replace Hamšík.

75′ Jorginho fires an effort on the volley harmlessly wide from-range.

73′ Cabral claims the delivery from Pjanić.

72′ Callejón is penalised for a foul on Asamoah.

71′ Khedira wins a freekick after a foul from Hamšík.

68′ Play resumes.

67′ First Napoli change sees Allan replaced by Piotr Zieliński.

67′ Delay in the match as Chiellini is down after a challenge with Mertens.

66′ Cuadrado is penalised for a foul on Strinić.

63′ So close!! Chiellini sells Buffon short with a back-pass and Mertens seizes onto the loose ball and manages to win the ball in a 50/50 challenge with the keeper, but the angle is against the Belgian, who fires the ball against the post under-pressure from the retreating-Bonucci.

60′ First Juventus change sees Lemina replaced by Juan Cuadrado.

60′ Goal!! Mertens wonderfully finds Hamšík with a fine reverse-pass and the midfielder fires the ball home first-time.

57′ Jorginho is penalised for a foul on Pjanić.

55′ Disallowed goal!! Hamšík finds Mertens, who fires an effort that Buffon parries into the path of Callejón, who taps home the rebound but the flag is up for offside and the goal is chalked-off.

52′ Play resumes.

50′ Hysaj is penalised for a foul on Mandžukić, who is receiving treatment.

50′ Close!! Insigne latches onto a cross from Callejón and cuts-inside before curling an effort just over the bar.

47′ Bonucci is penalised for a foul on Mertens.

46′ Lemina fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

45′ Napoli get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Napoli find a leveller and come back in this match or will Juventus add to their tally and hold on? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Napoli will need to get Insigne on the ball given the quality he possesses from the flanks. He has caused Juventus a number of problems and it seems only a matter of time before he gets the better of Buffon. Mertens will also need to be fed more if they are to find a leveller, given his goal-scoring ability this season. The Neapolitans will need to be more clinical in front of goal and will need to find a leveller sooner rather than later as Juventus are very good on the break and will seek to make Napoli rue their missed opportunities.

HT: Despite Juventus not doing much on the offensive, they have the lead and have defended well thus far from some teasing deliveries from the Napoli flanks. They will need to get Higuaín more involved against his former side, who have done well to keep their former striker at bay. They will need to find another goal if they are to seal the victory and put the game and possibly the title-race to bed. However they must continue to defend well against a Napoli side, who have created a number of good chances.

HT: Since falling behind, Napoli have responded well and created a number of good chances. First Insigne cut-inside to test Buffon with a strike from-range before Hamšík spurned a great chance, firing wide after a lovely chest-down from Mertens. Hamšík then fired wide after Insigne’s initial strike was blocked after Mertens left Hysaj’s low cross. Mertens then went close when he beat Chiellini but his effort was tame before Insigne curled an effort just wide after beating a couple of Juventus players.

HT: The visitors have been on the back-foot for the majority of the half but they have been clinical, scoring from just one of their two main chances. The goal came from a fine surging-run from Khedira, who managed to fire home after a nice one-two with Higuaín. Chiellini then fired the ball harmlessly over the bar from-range on the volley following a corner.

HT: So Juventus lead at the break thanks to a goal against the run of play.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ The delivery is punched clear by Buffon.

43′ Lemina concedes a corner.

39′ Close!! Insigne surges forward and beat two players before bending an effort just wide of the top-corner.

38′ The delivery is punched clear by Buffon from just under his own bar.

37′ Chiellini concedes a corner.

36′ Insigne cuts-inside to fire an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

36′ Insigne is booked for dissent.

33′ Chance!! Mertens receives the ball and cuts-inside to beat Chiellini and fire an effort with his left foot but Buffon makes a straightforward save.

30′ Chance!! Hysaj does well to get to the by-line and send in a cross that is left by Mertens for Insigne, whose effort is blocked before Hamšík fires the loose ball wide.

26′ Strinić wins a freekick after a foul from Lemina.

25′ Play resumes.

24′ Albiol wins a freekick after a foul from Mandžukić. The Spaniard is down and is receiving treatment.

23′ The delivery is cleared.

22′ Albiol concedes a corner.

21′ Allan is penalised for a foul.

21′ The delivery is flicked-on by Koulibaly into the path of Mertens, but the Belgian is penalised for handball.

20′ Chiellini concedes a corner.

19′ Chance!! An Allan cross is chested down by Mertens into the path of Hamšík, but he miscues his effort and fires the ball wide.

15′ The corner is worked to Marchisio, whose delivery is cleared to Chiellini, who fires harmlessly over the bar on the volley.

14′ Koulibaly concedes a corner.

14′ The delivery is punched clear by Buffon under-pressure but the visitors deal with the threat.

13′ Lemina concedes a corner.

10′ The delivery is punched clear by Buffon before the visitors clear the danger.

9′ Chiellini concedes a corner.

7′ Close!! Insigne cuts-inside to fire an effort that Buffon saves comfortably.

6′ Goal!! Khedira surges forward and exchanges passes with Higuaín before firing an effort that Cabral cannot keep out.

4′ Insigne looks to cut-inside and pick-out Callejón but Buffon gathers the ball ahead of the Spaniard at the back-post.

0′ Callejón wins a freekick after a foul from Asamoah.

0′ Juventus get the game underway.

Team news:

S.S.C. Napoli: Rafael Cabral (GK), Ivan Strinić, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raúl Albiol, Elseid Hysaj, Marek Hamšík, Jorginho, Allan, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, José Callejón,

Juventus F.C.: Gianluigi Buffon (GK), Kwadwo Asamoah, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandžukić, Miralem Pjanić, Mario Lemina, Gonzalo Higuaín


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