Soccer

Juventus 2 – Napoli 1: Initial reaction and random observations – Black & White & Read All Over

Juventus 2 – Napoli 1: Initial reaction and random observations

It was just a nice relaxing night in Naples that saw two players sent off, Juventus hanging on for dear life and the Serie A title race being put out of reach even more than before.

Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

If you thought that Juventus’ trip to Naples would be relaxing for the simple fact of there being a 13-point difference between first and second place, you were hardly mistaken.

A game that didn’t have the kind of hype it has gotten in previous years because of the great distance in the standings between the two clubs didn’t exactly resemble it.

It was a long and winding road that took us to Juventus’ 2-1 win over Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday night, a result that saw the seven-time Scudetto winners extend their lead atop the Serie A table to a whopping 16 points even before the first weekend of March is officially a thing of the past. And while a handful of Juve’s wins have been routine and straightforward, this one was the exact opposite of that.

Juventus built a 2-0 first-half lead through a brilliant Miralem Pjanic free kick and a wide-open header from Emre Can immediately after Napoli went down a man after goalkeeper Alex Meret was sent off in the 25th minute.

That had a lot of us thinking that Juve were going to stroll to another three points, right? Or at least find a way to put Napoli away in the second half, maybe?

That didn’t happen.

Pjanic got sent off what seemed like 30 seconds into the second half and that officially marked the point in the game where Juve would rarely even test Meret’s replacement, David Ospina, on the other end of the field. Napoli didn’t just take control of the game, they pinned Juventus back in their own half for virtually the entire second half. Juve were scrambling, trying to do anything possible to not completely throw away a two-goal lead like they did a few weeks back against Parma.

It was probably a lot more stressful than you thought a Juventus game with a 13-point lead could be. But, because this is Juventus, the logical and normal way of thinking should probably just be thrown out the window. We should know better by now, shouldn’t we? (For shame!)

This was a day of firsts, too, though.

  • The first time Juventus has scored from a free kick this season.
  • The first time Napoli has lost a home game this season.
  • The first time Rodrigo Bentancur has shown emotion on the field.
  • The first time this season that Leonardo Bonucci has made a defensive error that almost led to the opposition scoring a goal.
  • The first time this season we’ve seen a referee absolutely lose control of a game.
  • The first time Lorenzo Insigne came up just a bit short in a big game.

OK, so maybe the last couple of bullets are sense with a bit of a facetious tone, but the fact still remains that this game was, at least from an entertainment value standpoint, offered a whole lot more than what Juventus had been offering up the last couple of times they had taken the field.

So now as we look at the Serie A standings and see that there’s a SIXTEEN-POINT LEAD between Juventus and Napoli, is it safe to say we can call the Scudetto race over? Like, even more than we were in the days before this game kicked off?

Juventus dominated Napoli at the Allianz Stadium earlier this season, then took their best shot at the San Paolo despite the fact that Napoli played a good chunk of the game down a man.

This was one of those nights where the best and worst of Juventus showed itself over the span of 90 minutes. (Or 96 minutes in this case.)

I don’t really know where we stand in terms of the “Can this lead to Juventus actually finding itself before the second leg against Atlético Madrid?” narrative we’ve been discussing for the past week and a half. But hey, at least that wasn’t boring like the last time Juventus played away from home on a Sunday, so there’s that.

Advertisements

0 comments on “Juventus 2 – Napoli 1: Initial reaction and random observations – Black & White & Read All Over

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

John Guthrie Realtor

Making your real estate dreams a reality!

Naijanow

naija update

The official Washington D.C. news site - timworld.info

The official Washington D.C. news site Timworld.info

TECKHACK

This site is Al about latest news update about technology and many more.

Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food

How to cook "with visual instructions" healthy, traditional and delicious Japanese dishes!!

Chronicles of Walter

Growing Up and Enjoying Life

The HockeyDraft.ca Blog

Unfiltered Commentary, News, Opinion

The New Renaissance Mindset

Hope For the Infinitely Curious , the Jack of all Trades, & the Multipotentialite

Headline Tennis

A Slice Of Tennis News

NATION AND STATE

Research and Information About The State of Our Nation

Aji's Home

Join me in my home as I knit, cook, and garden with my family

Saha’s Diaries

Food | Travel | Culture

Le Food Snob

fussy food snob, branching out

wholefoodplantbased

Food with no processed or refined ingredients

Your Food Fantasy

Love Food Love Life | Live Your Food Fantasy

Cooking with Shail

A cook trapped in a lawyers body

ETHICAL EATS

Easy, guilt-free and tasty plant-based recipes

Chef Shef

A bit of sugar with a lot of Spice!

Delicious Cravings At Vania's Kitchen

CELEBRATING THE VARIETY IN HOME-COOKED COMFORT FOOD

Deep's cook book

A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.

Emerging Adult Eats

Food for folks who have yet to figure it all out

food-trails

Explore, Cook, Enjoy!!! Rediscover and share some known, some unknown recipes, food stories and experiences.

Ruchi's Veg Kitchen

My culinary Journey

Best Indian Food Blog

ALL INDIAN FOODS UNDER ONE ROOF

The World Through My Eyes

The way I see it from behind my camera lens

Jyospassions

My Culinary Saga

My Favourite Pastime

Simple Everyday Recipes

hare & tortoise kitchen

Talking about slow & fast food

Wishing Wells Life

Real Food, Real Creativity, Real Life

thevegannut.wordpress.com/

Thank you for visiting It's All Good Vegan. Here you will find quick, easy, healthy vegan recipes.

Sandra McCall

Miniatures - Craft - Original Art - New Recipes - DIY - Home Decor

Tiny Ticky Tacky

Alternatives to Little Boxes

Learning to write

Just your average PhD student using the internet to enhance their CV

The Gastronomy Gal

Simplicity in food and travel

Holiday Royal Way

Travel for Fun and Adventure

Golf Club Manager

All about golf from a Golf Club Manager

Halicopter Away

a/b testing my life

The Greedy Foodie

A Hardcore Foodie's World

City Women & co

Wellbeing | Health | Lifestyle

Home on the Range

Recipes and video from stocks and sauces to dessert...

%d bloggers like this: