Sampdoria-Naples 0-2, goals from Osimhen and Elmas

The Azzurri go to Genoa. Politano misses a penalty, then the leaders break through. Samp in 10 from 39′

Napoli returns to success after the knockout with Inter at the beginning of 2023. Spalletti’s team prevails 2-0 in Marassi on the Sampdoria field in the match of the 17th day of Serie A thanks to goals by Osimhen and Elmas on football strictly speaking. Thanks to this success, the Azzurri consolidate their first position in the standings with 44 points, while Sampdoria remain firm at 9 points in third from bottom place.

THE MATCH – For the match against Doria, who paid homage to Vialli and Mihajlovic before the match, Spalletti confirms the Politano-Osimhen-Kvaratskhelia trident, with Elmas preferred to Zielinski in the midfield, Juan Jesus and Mario Rui in place of Rrahmani and Olivera in defence. While Stankovic chooses Murilo and Murru alongside the new signing Nuytinck. Forward Verre behind the Lammers-Gabbiadini tandem.

Napoli started strong right away and in the 6th minute they could take the lead with the questionable penalty that the referee Abisso awards, after the intervention of the Var, for a contact between Murru and Anguissa. Politano S from 11 meters gets hypnotized by Audero who guesses the corner and touches the ball on the post.

Samp tries to respond in the 10th minute: Di Lorenzo’s mistake, Gabbiadini doesn’t take advantage of it and kicks weakly towards Meret. In the 13th minute Gabbiadini again serves Verre who kicks with a left foot but Meret opposes it. In the 16th minute, insistent action by the Neapolitans, a cross from Di Lorenzo, with Osimhen standing out in the area but Audero hoists over the crossbar. The goal was in the air and arrived in the 20th minute: Mario Rui crossed from the left for Osimhen who pounced and beat Audero 1-0.

Spalletti’s team continues to attack and a minute later Politano serves Kvaratskhelia, Leris unbalances him with his body and Audero closes in a low pass. In the end of the first half, another turning point in the game: in the 39th minute Abisso expelled Rincon directly for having mowed down Osimhen thrown into the area. Sam in ten. In the recovery in the 47th minute the Neapolitans restart with Lobotka who widens for Politano, ball to Kvaratskhelia who ends wide.

In the second half, Napoli’s pressure did not ease even if the pace slowed down as the minutes went by. In the 48th minute Politano’s cross shot, Audero doesn’t hold back, Zanoli avoids Osimhen’s brace with his body. In the 68th minute Zielinski crosses from the back for Osimhen who serves Lobotka, a conclusion in Audero’s arms. Sampdoria, outnumbered, failed to react and in the 73rd minute risked again a right-footed shot by Ndombele from 20 meters that went over the crossbar. The doubling for Napoli comes in the 82nd minute thanks to the penalty scored by Elmas who displaces Audero with a strong shot under the crossbar. Penalty awarded by Abisso for Vieira’s obvious handball, after reviewing the images at the Var. Napoli managed the ball in the final and closed with an important success, the first of 2023.