Kvaratskhelia is not enough for Napoli: 1-1 with Torino and the Champions League further away


By John

Napoli-Turin 1-1
16'st Kvaratskhelia, 19'st Sanabria.
NAPLES (4-3-3): Meret 6; Di Lorenzo 6, Ostigard 5.5, Juan Jesus 5.5, Mario Rui 6.5 (34'st Olivera sv); Anguissa 6, Lobotka 5.5 (47'st Lindstrom sv), Zielinski 5.5 (22'st Traorè 6); Politano 5.5 (22'st Raspadori 6), Osimhen 5, Kvaratskhelia 7. On the bench: Contini, Gollini, Natan, Rrahmani, Simeone, Mazzocchi, Dendoncker. Coach: Calzona 5.5
TURIN (3-4-1-2): Milinkovic-Savic 7; Djidji 5.5 (31'st Sazonov 6), Buongiorno 5.5, Masina 6; Bellanova 5.5 (43'st Lazaro sv), Linetty 5.5 (43'st Vojvoda sv), Gineitis 6, Rodriguez 5.5; Vlasic 5; Pellegri 6 (18'st Sanabria 7.5), Zapata 6.5. On the bench: Gemello, Popa, Kabic, Okereke, Savva. Coach: Paro (Juric suspended) 6.5
REFEREE: Orsato di Schio 6
NOTE: playing field in good condition. Booked: Zapata, Osimhen, Juan Jesus, Buongiorno. Corners: 13-7. Recovery: 3'pt, 8'st.

A point each that only makes the Granata smile. The match between Napoli and Turin ends 1-1, the goals scored by Kvaratskhelia and Sanabria were decisive in the second half. Eighth draw of the season for the reigning Italian champions, now -2 behind Atalanta: in the next round there will be the big match against Inter, while on Tuesday the Neapolitans will face the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Barcelona. Good point for the Granata. On Saturday 16th Rodriguez and his teammates will face the second consecutive away match at Udinese. Pace and scoring opportunities, pressing and verticalisations. The plot of the match was clear from the first minutes, with the two teams facing each other head-on: in the 14th minute the first opportunity came for the hosts, but Kvaratskhelia was unable to overcome Milinkovic-Savic . The response of the Granata, this evening on the pitch with the third shirt, arrived at the half hour mark with Zapata close to scoring the opening goal. The Azzurri wasted a good opportunity at the end of the first half, Kvaratskhelia's diving header was intercepted by the Serbian goalkeeper.
If the opportunities were created in the first half, the goals arrived in the second half, with the first shot after 16 minutes the Georgian served Mario Rui, on the return ball the visiting defense was unable to prevent the winning deflection into a slide. Within three minutes, Mister Paro's team – on the bench in place of the suspended Juric – found the equaliser, following a corner kick Sanabria coordinated in the small area to beat Meret with a bicycle kick. Calzona took action by sending Raspadori and Traoré onto the pitch, while Djidji was forced to leave the pitch due to a physical problem. In the final Kvaratskhelia tried to undermine the opponent's defense without however finding the knockout blow.