Koulibaly’s strike lifts Ju­ven­tus

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Turin: Ju­ven­tus beat Napoli 4-3 in a re­mark­able Serie A game as Kali­dou Koulibaly’s in­jury-time own goal ne­gated the vis­i­tors’ three-goal come­back.

The cham­pi­ons led 3-0 through goals from debu­tant Danilo, for­mer Napoli striker Gon­zalo Higuain and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s first of the sea­son.

But three sum­mer signings scored to put Napoli level - Kostas Manolas, Hirv­ing Lozano and Gio­vanni di Lorenzo. That was in vain as Koulibaly shinned a deep free-kick past his own keeper.

Juve, who have won the last eight ti­tles, clearly lacked the pres­ence of cap­tain Gior­gio Chiellini - likely to be out for sev­eral months with an an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­jury - at the back, with £67.5m sum­mer sign­ing Matthijs de Ligt mak­ing a shaky de­but.

Ju­ven­tus boss Mau­r­izio Sarri did not take charge against his for­mer club as he recovers from pneu­mo­nia, although he was at the Al­lianz Sta­dium watch­ing the game. Other re­sult: AC Mi­lan 1-0 Bres­cia.

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