AS Roma vs Napoli

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Witness the complete replay and highlights of the AS Roma vs Napoli match. This thrilling showdown is part of the Italy Serie A 2023/2024 season, specifically Matchday 17. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Saturday, December 23, 2023. The referee for this intense clash is none other than Andrea Colombo from Italy, and the venue is the iconic Stadio Olimpico in Roma. Don’t miss out on this epic battle!

AS Roma vs Napoli Full Match Reports

AS Roma emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory over SSC Napoli in a Serie A (SA) showdown marred by two red cards and a continuous flurry of yellow, bringing an end to I Giallorossi’s seven consecutive head-to-head matches without a win.

The match carried weight for both teams, each entering the contest off the back of disappointing defeats in their recent outings. This translated into a fiercely competitive start to the game, marked by heated moments between the players. After 19 minutes of relative calm without either goalkeeper being truly tested, Roma’s striking duo orchestrated brilliant plays to create opportunities for Edoardo Bove. However, his first attempt kissed the crossbar on its way over, and Alex Meret made a superb save to thwart the second.

Despite Nicola Zalewski’s lackluster attempt following a skillful cut-in, José Mourinho’s side appeared more menacing. Nevertheless, the first half was characterized more by contentious incidents and heated exchanges than by quality football. Gli Azzurri’s closest chance came when André-Frank Zambo Anguissa missed the ball attempting a flick after Victor Osimhen’s bicycle kick. The teams had one attempt each in the initial five minutes of the second half, with Piotr Zieliński’s shot routinely gathered by Rui Patrício before Zalewski saw his effort blocked.

Stanislav Lobotka departed the field due to injury, and his substitute Jens Cajuste had his shot blocked shortly after entering the game. Frustration escalated in the 66th minute as Matteo Politano received a straight red card for petulantly kicking out at the Giallorossi wing-back, who was also booked for his own transgression. Just five minutes after coming off the bench, Pellegrini seized on Napoli’s failure to clear convincingly, latching onto Stephan El Shaarawy’s scuffed shot and spinning to beat Meret with a first-time effort.

Napoli’s woes deepened when Osimhen received a second yellow card, and Lukaku heightened the emotional contrast in this clash of heavyweights with Roma’s second goal in the dying moments. I Giallorossi extended their unbeaten streak to eight consecutive home matches and surpassed Napoli in the SA table. Meanwhile, Gli Azzurri have now suffered five defeats in their last eight matches under Walter Mazzarri.

Man of the Match: Gianluca Mancini (AS Roma).