Red headed for the Nigerian in the first half. Insigne kicks the first penalty high and then scores the second within 5 ‘. Elmas also scored
The party atmosphere at Maradona for the first time filled with enthusiasm by almost 20,000 Neapolitans, lasts just over 20 minutes. Yes, because not even the time to exult like Juve in Udine and fall in love with the shots of Victor Osimhen that the Nigerian himself becomes the protagonist of a gesture that in the end will not affect the game. To free himself from a corner kick from the grip, the Belgian Heymans’s marking slaps his opponent by hitting him in the neck. The referee Aureliano, a few steps away, decides for the violent game and without hesitation expels the Nigerian.
The Var cannot intervene because the foul is there and the extent of the same is up to the director on the pitch. And so Luciano Spalletti immediately found himself uphill hard at the beginning of the season, without his man in better shape and prolific and losing shortly after Zielinski hit hard in the right leg (knee) by Caldara. And so Napoli is deployed with a 4-1-3-1 in which Lorenzo Insigne is the false nueve and Lobotka remains low in front of the defense. But Spalletti’s team has a great reaction of character and Captain Insigne rises to the chair by scoring from the spot after having missed a first penalty. Then Elmas closes with 2-0 scored with a nice right and at the end Maradona sings of happiness.
And to say that the Azzurri had a good start, with a very high aggression, led by Osimhen who for a couple of times undermines the construction from the bottom of the Venetians, not flawless in the Finnish goalkeeper Maenpaa uncertain with his feet, but good at saving himself with the body on the usual change of play by Insigne who finds Politano on time on the opposite pole at the conclusion. Right on the corner following the Osimhen-Heymans episode that will affect the game anyway. The Venezia, very short and careful to cover on a defensive level, only shows up with a conclusion by Johnsen saved well by Meret and with a tense cross made by Di Mariano who does not find effective deviations.
Shooting for strong hearts
Napoli returns from the locker room with clearer ideas and does not give up on attacking. And so on a cross from Mario Rui, Caldara has his arm too wide and Aureliano sure whistles the penalty but does not think that the defender will stop a clear scoring opportunity and does not warn Caldara who should be sent off at that point. From the spot Lorenzo Insigne opens the right but the ball rises and ends up on the crossbar. The fans applaud the captain and give a clear signal to de Laurentiis to make it clear which side they are on in the dispute over the contract. Lorenzo does not lose heart and football, like life always gives you another chance. It happens 5 ‘later when on a cross from Di Lorenzo’s small area, Ceccaroni is wide-armed: Aureliano does not hesitate to point out the spot again and this time he warns the defender considering the action clear opportunity. Lorenzo is not afraid to get back on the spot and crosses perfectly. The Maradona explodes for its captain, Napoli looms large and Venezia becomes small despite the numerical superiority. And so a few minutes later, on a loose ball in the area Elmas returns to the right and closes at the near post for an unexpected 2-0 in these conditions. The only jolt for the Venetians was an outside post hit by Forte on 1-0. Too little for a team that played 70 minutes with the extra man. Paolo Zanetti needs time and reinforcements. Spalletti’s Napoli seems ready for a season as a protagonist.
August 22, 2021 (change August 23, 2021 | 00:14)
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