Latest Football News – Naples thought they had done the hardest by coming back to 3-3 after being led 3-0. And then Koulibaly scored against-his-camp during the additional time, sealing the victory of the Torino after an exceptional evening.
Reversing, exceptional, incredible, sensational … The qualifiers are lacking and are not enough to describe this first clash of the season in Serie A, finally won by Juventus against Naples (4-3) this Saturday at Allianz Stadium, as part of the 2nd day. The two favorites for the Scudetto have given the tone of entry with a meeting that will inevitably remain in the annals, both for its construction and for its conclusion.
Because of course we must start with this sequence: this final worthy of a Hollywood movie, tragic wish. Magic for some, certainly, but cruel for others. And especially for Kalidou Koulibaly, author of a huge benefit spoiled by an unfortunate last touch of the ball. A 3-3, seconds of the term, the Senegalese has diverted a final free kick in his own net … before burst into tears (90 + 2).
The tears of Koulibaly
It is obviously not usual to see the Neapolitan rock expressing its feelings on the green rectangle. But this fragility is also explained by the incredible scenario of the match. When Koulibaly diverted the ball into his cage, his team came back from a distance. From far away. From three goals behind to thirty minutes of the final whistle, to be precise. Danilo (16th), Gonzalo Higuain (19th) and Cristiano Ronaldo (62) put Juve on the right track, but that was not enough.
Accustomed to the “remontadas”, and FC Barcelona knows something, Kostas Manolas first brought the Partenopei in the game, a head at close range (66th). Two minutes later, rookie Hirving Lozano took over, foxing surfaces (68th). And while Juve had just hit the crossbar by Douglas Costa, Giovanni Di Lorenzo blew a cold wind in the stands of Allianz Stadium (81st). Until the tragedy lived by Koulibaly …
A sign of fate, no doubt, for a player who had allowed Naples to beat Juventus in its stadium in April 2018 (1-0). At the end of the additional time, already. This time the football gods did not want to smile at him. Their favors went to the Old Lady, for the moment leading the championship with 6 units and one game ahead of the others. Two teams have as many games played: Milan, who took his first points this Saturday against Brescia (1-0).