SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 23 Dec 2020 (19.45 UK)
Napoli 1 - 1 Torino
Izzo 56 (T), L Insigne 91 (N)
Stadio Diego Armando Maradona

Lorenzo Insigne’s stoppage-time curler rescued a point for a dismal Napoli and means Torino dropped points from a leading situation yet again.

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While Lorenzo Insigne returned from suspension, Kalidou Koulibaly joined Dries Mertens and Victor Osimhen on the injury list, as the Partenopei tried to recover from back-to-back defeats. Toro were rock bottom with one win in 13 games and Lyanco banned, although Wilfried Singo was back from his suspension and Salvatore Sirigu returned after he was dropped for two matches in a row.

Torino started strong and Simone Verdi against his old club went past Nikola Maksimovic to force a save from Simone Verdi.

Diego Demme went off injured for the hosts and the Granata continued to create the better chances, Buongiorno’s header flashing across the face of goal and Armando Izzo unable to get the final touch at the back post.

Piotr Zielinski drilled wide, but Torino were playing better and deserved their lead. A corner was taken short, the cross knocked on to the back post for an Armando Izzo volley into the ground that bounced over Meret. It was a very special goal, because Izzo is from Naples.

Chucky Lozano came on for the last half-hour, despite spraining his ankle only three days ago. Piotr Zielinski wasted a free header by aiming it straight at Sirigu, although he was probably also offside.

It was wide open, Napoli pouring forward with Lozano’s shot straight at Sirigu, while Belotti almost struck on the counter.

Napoli finally got their equaliser in stoppages with a trademark Insigne right-foot curler into the far top corner. Torino have now dropped 23 points from leading situations in Serie A this season.

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Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Manolas, Hysaj (Mario Rui 71); Demme (Elmas 30), Bakayoko (Fabian Ruiz 71); Politano (Lozano 63), Zielinski, L Insigne; Petagna (Llorente 71)
Torino: Sirigu; Singo, Izzo, Buongiorno, Bremer, Rodriguez (Vojvoda 88); Lukic (Meite 89), Rincon, Linetty (Segre 94); Verdi, Belotti (Zaza 89)
Ref: Valeri