The Azzurri return to the top of the standings with full points. Against the Sardinians score the Nigerian and the captain from a penalty. Demme returns to the field after the serious injury
The leaders are there and not wrong this time either. Two to zero in Cagliari and first place alone. One wonders if there will be an opponent able to stop the march of this team that continues to amaze for the game it produces and for the athletic freshness it highlights, despite playing three times a week. The protagonist? Victor Osimhen, of course. Yes, once again he, who gives the Maradona audience another magical evening, scoring the first goal and getting the penalty converted by Lorenzo Insigne for the final 2-0. Cagliari has been able to little, both in terms of the game and physically. Each confrontation seemed unequal and, in the end, he had to give up all three points.
The only novelty compared to Marassi’s match against Sampdoria is the inclusion of Politano in place of Lozano. By now, the alternation between the two is becoming a custom in the choices of Luciano Spalletti. For the rest, the coach confirms the team that has won them all so far. Walter Mazzarri takes the applause of the San Paolo, who has not forgotten the four years they lived together. With the Cagliari coach, Napoli won the first trophy of the De Laurentiis era, the Coppa Italia, and participated for the first time in the round of 16 of the Champions Legaue. The people of Naples have not forgotten and have given him a warm welcome. Mazzarri presents some news: Strootman, Zappa and Godin are on the pitch from the first minute.
Napoli immediately takes possession of the initiative and closes Cagliari in their own half. The direction of Fabian Ruiz and the pressure on the left wing brought by Mario Rui and Insigne, create critical issues for the rossoblù defense. The action of the goal of the advantage develops, however, to the right. Anguissa calls Zielinski to the insertion who in speed overtakes Caceres and crosses. A wild Osimhen throws himself on the ball and burns on the Godin shot (11 ‘). Napoli is again lonely at the top of the table. The Nigerian striker is an iradiddio. At 24 ‘, he starts again in speed and as soon as he reaches the edge of the area he explodes his right hand with the ball caressing the post.
The Neapolitan pressing becomes suffocating. Cagliari tries to expand on the outside, but Nandez is systematically anticipated by Mario Rui, while on the right Lykogiannis keeps Di Lorenzo covered. The first danger for Ospina arises from a cross from the Greek winger: Mario Rui takes care of anticipating Nandez’s header. In midfield, the fight is uneven, Strootman is too soft to counter Zielinski, while Deiola has to deal with Anguissa’s physicality. The first half ends with a free kick from Nandez that the Neapolitan defense pushes away.
The second half is a monologue from Napoli, the superiority is too evident, both on a technical and qualitative level. Osimhen tries from the edge (8 ‘), but Cragno blocks. Three minutes later, the Nigerian international forced a foul in the Godin area. The Uruguayan defender is literally stunned by the continuous dribbling of the Neapolitan attacker, to the point of knocking him out. Referee Piccinini has no hesitation in showing the spot. Insigne goes to the bar and doubles. At the end of the match Spalletti inserts Diego Demme who returns two months after the knee injury suffered in Dimaro, in the friendly match against Pro Vercelli. Then a triple final whistle and a big party in the stands, Napoli is alone again at the top of the standings.
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