After endless claims, the Juventus-Napoli from the third day of Serie A could finally be disputed. The staunch rivalry between the two teams was joined by the battle to finish in the top four finishers and play in the Champions League next season.
Tied on points, this was a key day in the agendas of both teams and it was Juventus that managed to take all three points in a match played where the Neapolitans lacked punch.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the redeemed Paulo Dybala gave the victory to a Juve that placed third one point behind Milan. Naples put emotion at the end with a penalty goal from Lorenzo Insigne, but Gattuso’s men will have to keep fighting to sneak into the Champions League next year.
The game started with a scare for Naples. Almost without having started to play he saw Cristiano Ronaldo, completely alone in the heart of the area, forgiving what he does not usually do after a Danilo center candy.
The Portuguese regretted – and with good reason – for missing a clear opportunity, but shortly after he was going to redeem himself in a similar play. Chiesa was heeled and got rid of several rivals before giving the goal pass to Cristiano, who found the net first (13 ‘).
Napoli tried to react, but only two long shots from Fabian and Insigne that missed over the crossbar generated some danger.
The first half ended with a clear penalty from Alex Sandro to Zielinski that the referee and the VAR ate.
The second half was a want and I can’t from Napoli, penalized for his lack of punch. Gattuso’s men took a step forward, but did not know how to disturb a Juventus that never found defensive security.
Pirlo sought to ‘kill’ the match against, but neither Cuadrado nor Chiesa found the net. It was Dybala who did it (73 ‘), redeeming himself for his controversial presence at a McKennie party.
Napoli did not give up the game and in fact put emotion when Insigne converted a penalty from Chiellini to Oshimen (90 ‘). He could not save a point to the joy of a Juve who obtained a balsamic victory after some turbulent weeks.