This was an early Scudetto showdown, but Juve missed Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado, Danilo and Rodrigo Bentancur due to international duty in South America, with Federico Chiesa, Arthur and Kaio Jorge injured, so had to completely revamp the line-up that picked up one point from the opening two rounds. The Partenopei were without Diego Demme, Stanislav Lobotka, Dries Mertens and Faouzi Ghoulam, with Piotr Zielinski only ready for the bench, so ex-Fulham player Andre-Frank Anguissa was thrown straight in for his debut. Victor Osimhen was available after his two-match ban was halved on appeal.
It was an incredibly aggressive start from the hosts, Matteo Politano nodding a Lorenzo Insigne cross over in the opening minute and a series of corners.
However, Alvaro Morata caught Kostas Manolas in possession near the corner flag after an awkward bobble and beat David Ospina from a tight angle with a splendid finish.
Manuel Locatelli needed a block on Politano, then Mattia De Sciglio made a decisive tackle on Insigne, but the Napoli captain almost gifted a goal with a poor back-pass that Dejan Kulusevski pounced on, Ospina coming to his rescue.
Adam Ounas came on for the restart and Osimhen had a swing and miss on the ball from a corner, but Napoli did get back on level terms.
Wojciech Szczesny seemed surprised by the trademark Insigne right-foot curler and just about got his hands to it, only pushing the ball a couple of yards, so Politano scored on the rebound from the tightest of angles.
Weston McKennie’s snapshot skimmed the far post and Insigne tested Szczesny again, while Mario Rui failed to finish off a good passing move.
Insigne went off with a muscular issue and Szczesny got a fingertip to the Fabian Ruiz screamer on the half-volley after a free kick had been cleared to the D.
Napoli were dominating the second half and took a deserved lead in chaotic circumstances. The corner sailed over Adrien Rabiot, Moise Kean did get his head to it, but turned the ball towards his own goal, where Szczesny could only fingertip it into the path of Koulibaly from a yard.
Koulibaly with the late winner for Napoli vs Juventus 😱
An unwanted assist for Moise Kean on his return to Italy…
Top marks for the celebration 📸 pic.twitter.com/FJrM945fIx
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 11, 2021
Napoli 2-1 Juventus
Morata 10 (J), Politano 57 (N), Koulibaly 86 (N)