PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – His goal ends Juventus’ unbeaten run at home

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Kalidou Koulibaly – His goal ends Juventus’ unbeaten run at home
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly (front) celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and SSC Napoli in Turin, Italy, 22 April 2018. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Apr 24, 2018. 13:00

As they narrowed the gap in the Italian Serie A league title race, Napoli beat log leaders Juventus 1-0 last weekend.

The only goal of the match came through none other than Kalidou Koulibaly.

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Koulibaly’s goal helped hand the Old Lady their third league loss at home in the past five years as they had been unbeaten domestically since November.

"The city fired us up over the last few days and when we see all those fans accompanying us to the airport, it makes us very happy," said Koulibaly after the match.

"We want to thank them and the best way of doing that was to win the game.

"Juve are a very strong side, but we proved Napoli can fight it out with them. The team has always believed in the Scudetto and will do until it's mathematically certain.

"We believe in ourselves, in our style of football, in our players and our staff. We proved that tonight."

On the other hand, the Partenopei have won two Serie A titles, both with Diego Maradona in their side and most recently in 1989/90.

The win has reduced Juventus’ lead to one point as they have 85 from 34 matches so far. Both giants have four matches to wrap up the campaigns.




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