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Juventus 4-3 Napoli: Koulibaly own goal ruins stunning comeback

Juventus 4-3 Napoli: Koulibaly own goal ruins stunning comeback”

Napoli got one back in the 66th as former Roma defender Kostas Manolas headed in a free kick for his first goal for his new club and debutant Hirving Lozano further reduced the deficit less than three minutes later when he beat Matthijs de Ligt to Piotr Zielinski's cross.

And nearly inevitably the Azzurri equalised from the resulting free-kick and once again it was De Ligt who was too easily beaten to the ball, this time by Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

Napoli fought back from 3-0 down in the space of 16 minutes, but were beaten in stoppages by a weird Kalidou Koulibaly own goal.

Substitute Danilo needed just 26 seconds to score in the 16th minute after replacing the injured Mattia De Sciglio, finishing off a flowing counter-attack led by Douglas Costa.

After the game, Martusciello, who oversaw the game in the absence of Sarri, told the Italian media, "You can take a hit, but not three in fifteen minutes".

The champions led 3-0 through goals from debutant Danilo, former Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo's first of the season.

Within three minutes Higuain made it 2-0 after he fired into the top corner.

Costa's shot was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Meret and, as anxiety seemed to build within the stands, Napoli snatched an equaliser when Di Lorenzo diverted Jose Callejon's delivery into the net from inside the six-yard box.

But Koulibaly volleyed a free kick into his own net in stoppage time to hand Juve an early advantage in the Serie A title race. The Serie A champions face Fiorentina next on Sunday, 15th September after the worldwide break.

Barcelona have only won one of their last eight games without Lionel Messi.



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