The match-show at the Allianz Stadium ends in a draw. Guests ahead with Mertens, the bianconeri remedy with Chiesa
TURIN. At the Allianz Stadium it ends in a draw, Juve and Napoli make it 1-1. Chiesa responds to Mertens’ goal in the first half during the second half, so the bianconeri remain out of the Champions zone and 3 points from the fourth place occupied by Atalanta, with the Bergamo players having a game to recover. Napoli, on the other hand, slips 5 points behind Milan, but is confirmed on the lowest step of the podium.
All doubts about the actual dispute of the match are dispelled around 19.20, when the blue coach crosses the gates of the Stadium. It is a decimated Napoli, with five players born after 2000 on the bench and with Insigne captain despite the now confirmed rumors of a future in Toronto from June. Allegri finds Chiesa and Dybala, with the Argentine starting out, but without Bonucci and Chiellini, the first injured and the second positive at Covid (as well as Pinsoglio and vice-president Nedved), and with seven absences in total.
The start of the match is by Juventus: McKennie devours the advantage from an excellent position, but Napoli passes in the 23rd minute: cross for Politano, bank for Mertens and the Belgian stabs Szczesny. Zielinski is close to doubling but is rejected by his compatriot goalkeeper. Only in the final did the bianconeri return to be seen in attack, but Ospina closed the first half without particularly complicated interventions. In the second half, however, a completely different Juve returns to the field, and the draw arrives after 9 minutes: McKennie enters and crosses in the middle, the ball ends up on Chiesa’s left-footer who, also thanks to a deviation by Lobotka, scores the 1 -1 on his return after 40 days stopped in the pits. The bianconeri immediately try to overtake, the blues resist and become dangerous on the counterattack. Still emotions, but no winner.