Nov 222020
 

Leao was the only missing player in an otherwise healthy squad but the coaching staff were self isolating and Bonera was the designated coach.
Early on more evidence of Romagnoli’s poor form as he was beaten for pace, the high pressing forced all to retreat quickly and the recovering Kjaer almost got injured when he intercepted the Dries Mertens cross into the box.
Ibra opened scoring from a very strong high header from Theo’s cross.
After the goal Napoli grew into the game slowly while a few questionable fouls were given.
Napoli missed several half chances either shooting high or forcing Donnarumma into good saves.
A counter that started deep in the zone had Rebic running to receive the ball and the Croatian crossed and Ibra finished at the far post using his knee.
Ibra almost a had a hat tick but it was correctly, but very belatedly, signaled for offside.
Mertens made it 1-2 when poor defending allowed the player to control and beat Donnrumma low.
Minutes later Bakayoko got his second avoidable yellow and Napoli went a man down.
Substitute Petagna wasn’t far from leveling the score as he ran past Romagnoli and forced Donnarumma to make a blocking save.
Later on Ibra was subbed holding his left hamstring, Colombo got some minutes as did Hauge and Castillejo.
Very late on Hauge received, controlled and finished confidently to make it 3-1 and end Napoli’s danger.

 Posted by on November 22, 2020

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