Raspadori fires Napoli to victory as Osimhen misses a penalty


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Francesco Calzona has continued his hundred percent record in charge of Napoli as the defending champions recorded a hard-fought 2-1 against Juventus on Sunday night.
All thanks to Giacomo Raspadori, who scored what proved to be the winning goal after Wojciech Szczesny saved Victor Osimhen’s penalty.
Juventus will have themselves to blame for missing clear-cut chances that would have blown away their hosts.
Napoli welcomed the Turin club with a 6-1 win at Sassuolo, while Juventus won Frosinone 3-2 in their last series of outings.
The Old Lady started brighter, but Dusan Vlahovic failed to punish Matias Oliveira for losing the ball in his own half. Federico Chiesa snatched the ball from the left back and released a sweet cross to the Serbian, who thought he had scored with a superb header but only to see his effort denied by the post.
Vlahovic later entered the referee boom after fouling Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, while Giovanni Di Lorenzo fired over after a Hamed Junior Traore volley was blocked.
Bremer, who seemed to have won the ball against Osimhen, was booked for battling with the striker just outside the box. The referee ditched out a yellow to him because other Juve defenders were nearby.
Szczesny spilled the ferocious low Matteo Politano strike from a free kick but prevented the Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa follow-up from point-blank range.
Juventus wasted another chance to go ahead in the game when Andrea Cambiaso’s cross flew past Chiesa and found Iling-Junior, who volleyed over the bar from 12 yards.
Another extraordinary opportunity came their way on 34 minutes when Vlahovic sprung the offside trap on the Fabio Miretti through ball and drew out Meret to chip it over from the tightest of angles, seeing it flash across the open goal to bounce off the inside of the far post.
Napoli then began to answer their presence in the game, and they went extremely close, as Mathias Olivera’s looping header had beaten Szczesny, but Alex Sandro was ready to clear off the line.
They eventually took the lead with a moment of magic. Bremer nodded Di Lorenzo’s cross away, but only as far as Kvaratskheliam, who released a sweet volley into the ground that bounced just in front of Szczesny to squirm into the near bottom corner.
Juventus had another chance to level the tie moments later as Traore was caught napping on the Meret playout from behind. The culprit was again Vlahovic, who wasted the opportunity by blasting over the bar from the edge of the box.
Juventus eventually restored parity in the second half when Chiesa returned to his more natural habitat as a winger. The Italian winger completed a give-and-go with Alcaraz down the right and drilled the daisy-cutter across Meret with his right foot into the far bottom corner.
Moments later, Osimhen went down in the box after Joseph Nonge trod on his foot as he tried to squirm between three players. The referee awarded a spot kick following a VAR On-Field Review, having waved play on initially.
Szczesny parried Osimhen’s penalty, but Raspadori sprinted onto the rebound to fire it into the roof of the net from six yards.
Another golden opportunity came Juve’s way as Daniele Rugani blasted over a corner from six yards.
Written by Oladipupo Mojeed

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