Napoli Player Ratings: Redemption for Koulibaly

Date:11th September 2021 at 8:24pm
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Napoli came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Juventus in Serie A at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Saturday, sending them top of the table.

Trailing to an early Alvaro Morata goal after a Kostas Manolas howler, the Partenopei hit back on the hour mark as Matteo Politano reacted to net when Lorenzo Insigne’s shot was fumbled.

With just five minutes of normal time remaining, Napoli found the goal their play warranted as Kalidou Koulibaly tapped in from a corner, courtesy of a shocking backward header from Juventus substitute Moise Kean.

Player ratings:

Ospina 6; Di Lorenzo 6, Manolas 5, Koulibaly 7.5, Mario Rui 6.5 (90′ Malcuit N/A); Fabian Ruiz 6.5, Anguissa 7; Politano 7 (’71 Lozano 6), Elmas 6 (’46 Ounas 6.5), Insigne 6.5 (73′ Zielinksi 6); Osimhen 6 (90′ Petagna N/A)

Player of the match: Kalidou Koulibaly

More than two years on from his heartbreaking late own goal against Juventus, the Senegal international made another late impact at the right end. He was a rock at the back whilst reacting quickly enough to pounce on Szczesny’s save from Kean’s disastrous header and tap in the winner.