Watch Napoli vs Fiorentina full match replay and highlights.
KICK-OFF at 18:45 (GMT) on 8th October 2023
The referee for this match is F. La Penna
Game played at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
This is a match in Italy – Serie A, Week 8, Season 2023/2024
Napoli vs Fiorentina Full Match Reports
Fiorentina secured their third victory in 10 away encounters against Napoli with a convincing 3-1 win at the Stadio Olimpico.
After a narrow 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, Napoli returned to domestic action with the aim of closing the gap on Serie A leaders AC Milan. With 14 points from their first seven fixtures, the season hadn’t been a complete disappointment for the reigning champions, but they struggled to replicate the form they displayed under Luciano Spalletti. The recent Victor Osimhen saga also cast a shadow over their title defense.
Facing Fiorentina, a side they were level on points with, Napoli had the first clear opportunity when Giovanni Di Lorenzo fired a shot over the bar. However, it was the visitors who took the lead in the opening 10 minutes. Josip Brekalo calmly slotted the ball through Alex Meret’s legs shortly after Lucas Martínez Quarta had struck the post. Napoli faced further adversity when midfielder André-Frank Zambo Anguissa was forced to leave the field, with manager Rudi Garcia opting to replace him with striker Giacomo Raspadori to bolster the attack.
In the end, it was Osimhen who equalized for Napoli. Just before halftime, he intercepted Fabiano Parisi’s back pass to Terracciano, drawing a foul from the goalkeeper and earning his team a penalty. This was a significant improvement from his previous penalty, which resulted in a bizarre turn of events during the 0-0 draw with Bologna in September. Instead of missing, as he did then, Osimhen confidently found the bottom corner of the net.
The second half saw an open game, with both teams creating significant chances early on. Jonathan Ikoné was particularly dangerous, hitting the post during a counterattack and later firing a long-range shot wide. On the other side, Osimhen was denied by Terracciano’s strong hand, a crucial save as Fiorentina regained their lead shortly after the hour mark. Giacomo Bonaventura displayed great composure as he slotted the ball into the bottom corner, capitalizing on a fortunate bounce in the penalty area.
Fiorentina added to their lead through Nicolás González, who finished off a swift counterattack. They now sit fourth in the table, further solidifying their credentials as top-four contenders. Napoli, on the other hand, have a considerable gap to close on Milan and will need to find more consistency after the international break to mount a successful title defense.
Jonathan Ikoné of Fiorentina was named Man of the Match for his impressive performance.