Napoli Defeats Juventus 1-0, Takes a Step Closer to the Scudetto Title
In a highly anticipated match, Napoli snatched a crucial victory from Juventus on Sunday, April 24th at Allianz Stadium in the 31st round of the Italian League. Giacomo Raspadori scored the only goal of the match in the 90+4 minute, securing a 1-0 win for Napoli and taking them a step closer to the Scudetto title.
The first attempt of the match came after 11 minutes when Cuadrado fired a powerful shot from the edge of the area, which was blocked by Napoli goalkeeper Merritt. Ndombele received a ball and fired a powerful shot, but it passed over the goal. Then, Kosic set off and passed a cross that Milik met with a header that Merritt caught.
Chances for Napoli
Chesney blocked a header from Kfaratskhelia, who met a cross from Di Lorenzo, which the goalkeeper turned for a corner, but the referee indicated that there was a mistake on Kfara. Napoli demanded a penalty kick after a ball touched Manuel Locatelli’s hand, but the referee refused to count any violation on the home side.
At the start of the second half, Kvaratskhelia received a pass from Lozano, and the Georgian fired a powerful shot toward the goal, which was blocked by goalkeeper Chesney. Napoli got a corner that was executed by infidels, to pass by everyone, and Di Lorenzo met it with a header on the far post, but it reached the old lady’s goalkeeper easily.
Osimhen fired a shot that touched one of the defenders, hit the post, went to a corner, was executed, and Osimhen rose to it with a powerful header, but it was in the middle of the goal. And from a through ball from Di Lorenzo, he hit the Juventus defense, and it reached Osimhen, who hit the ball with one touch, but it passed higher than the crossbar.
Disallowed a Goal for Juventus
Arkadiusz Milik missed the opportunity to advance after the ball reached him inside the area, to fire a creeping ground shot with his left foot, which passed near the Naples goal. Locatelli passed the ball to Di Maria, who was single and launched from the left side to penetrate into the area and hit the ball to hit defender Jesus and enter the net.
The referee returned the video technique, to decide to cancel the goal after there was a mistake Milik that he committed against Lobotka so the goal was canceled and the result returned to a negative draw. Juventus scored a new goal through substitute Dusan Vlahovic, but the referee canceled it after Keiza passed the ball after it left the field.
Raspadori’s Late Winner
Napoli responded with a dangerous opportunity in the fatal time, after a quick counterattack that reached striker Osimhen, who hit the ball and was saved by Chesney. Napoli, through substitute Raspadori, scored a fatal goal after a cross that Giacomo met with a shot that passed through Chesney’s feet into the net.
Implications of the Victory
Napoli’s victory has brought them closer to clinching the Scudetto title, as they have now amassed 78 points and maintained their lead in the league. Juventus, on the other hand, remain stuck at 59 points and have slipped to third place. The outcome of this match means that Napoli is one step closer to securing the title. If they manage to win their upcoming home game against Salernitana next Saturday and draw against Lazio (who are in second place), they will be well on their way to claiming the championship. However, there is still a long way to go, and anything can happen in the remaining matches.