Torino 1-3 Napoli: Player Ratings and Match Report

Napoli XI(4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Rui; Allan, Jorginho(Diawara 76’), Hamsik(Rog 83’); Callejon, Mertens, Zielinski(Insigne 70’)

Torino XI(4-3-3): Sirigu: De Silvestri, N’Koulou, Burdisso, Molinaro; Rincon, Valdifiori(Ljajic 46’), Baselli; Falque, Belotti, Berenguer(Niang 65’)

Goals: 4’ Koulibaly; 25’ Zielinski, 30’ Hamsik, 63’ Belotti

1st Half:

Napoli came into this match knowing a Win would take them top, and the first half showed purpose. Napoli would strike first on a corner(their 6th goal from a corner this season it would come from the big man in the defense, Kalidou Kouibaly. Napoli would double their lead in the 25th minute, after a beautiful through ball saw Jorginho thread Zielinski clean on goal. The Pol would not waste the opportunity, sliding a ball past Sirigu.

Then, it happened. Marek Hamsik would level D10S’ goal record. In the 30th minute, after as beautiful cutback from Mertens, he found il Capitano standing right at the penalty spot for Marek to blast into the top right corner for his 115th Napoli goal.

2nd Half:

Napoli were never going to recreate that first half, and they didn’t. They controlled most of the play and created chances, but didn’t have the same finishing prowess. Chances by Hamsik, Insigne, and a glorious one by Mertens were all for naught.

Torino would manage to get one goal back via Andrea Belotti in the 63rd minute. A shot cutting across the goal would be palmed by Reina, but not enough to deter it from crossing the line.

Final Thoughts:

Ruthlessness in the first half proved to be the major positive in this match. Napoli were not going to let another chance to go top slip away. The Azzurri got a huge win, and now we sit alone at the top of the table again.

Match Ratings:

Reina – 5

Hysaj – 6.0

Albiol – 6.0

Koulibaly – 6.5

Rui – 6.5

Allan – 6.5

Jorginho – 7

Hamsik – 115(!)  

Callejon – 5.5

Mertens – 6.5

Zielinski – 7

Substitutes:

Insigne – 7

Diawara N/A

Rog – N/A


By Ken Cioffredi

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