The defender decides the big match, the Bianconeri overtake Inter and climb to the top
Juventus beat Napoli 1-0 in the match scheduled for today 8 December 2023 as a preview of the 15th matchday of the 2023-2024 Serie A. The Bianconeri prevailed with Gatti’s goal, still decisive after the goal scored a week ago in Monza. The success allows Allegri’s team to rise to 36 points and take first place at least for one night: Inter, on 35, will face Udinese. Mazzarri’s Napoli, stuck at 24 points after the second knockout in a row, risks losing contact with the Champions League zone.
The match begins at a frenetic pace. Napoli becomes dangerous in the 8th minute, Di Lorenzo’s cross almost surprises Szczesny: the Polish goalkeeper avoids trouble. Juve settles down and comes close to taking the lead in the 19th minute with a huge double chance. Vlahovic, served by Chiesa, is free to shoot from the heart of the area but has the shot blocked by Natan. McKennie tries to catch the joker with an overhead kick, Meret saves everything. On the other side, the Juventus defense falters in the 28th minute and leaves Osimhen the space to trigger Kvaratskhelia: the Georgian, alone in front of Szczesny, finds a way to miss the goal with a ramshackle lob. In a blue-tinged end to the half, a miracle from Szczesny was needed in the 39th minute to deny Di Lorenzo the goal: the winger, after a rebound, finds the ball between his feet and shoots with confidence. The Juventus goalkeeper saves with his hand, 0-0 at the break.
The Bianconeri hit the accelerator again at the start of the second half and in 2 minutes produced more than what was seen in the first half. In the 49th minute Vlahovic receives and shoots from the edge of the area, a surgical left foot and the inside post. McKennie, however, is offside when he provides the assist. In the 51st minute, the goal. Cambiaso delivers a perfect cross to the far post, Gatti is punctual to insert: winning header, 1-0. Napoli takes the blow and tries to restart, but the maneuver is not fluid.
Juve, as expected, retreated into their own backcourt and took care to close all the gaps, entrusting the offensive phase to Chiesa’s isolated counterattacks. In the 70th minute, Szczesny risks causing a disaster. The goalkeeper delivers the ball to Politano, who immediately passes it to Osimhen: goal, but the equalizer is canceled for offside.
In the final portion of the match, the Azzurri push but don’t create any real opportunities. Allegri uses substitutions to bring in fresh forces. The fort holds, Juve wins and is first at least for one night.