Rough start continues for Juventus in loss to Napoli
MILAN (AP) — Juventus' miserable start to the Serie A season continued as it lost 2-1 at Napoli, while Roma reignited its league campaign with a 5-1 drubbing of newly-promoted Carpi on Saturday.
Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain scored for Napoli before Mario Lemina pulled one back in a fast-paced, entertaining match at Stadio San Paolo.
"It was a special match," Higuain said. "We know what this match means for this city. We deserved it, we can do better but this is okay. We hope this match is the turning point, we hope to find continuity now and go on like this."
It was the four-time defending champion's third defeat in its first six league matches this season. Juventus lost just three all season last year, while it had only two defeats the previous campaign.
"It's a difficult period, no one is hiding that, but the season is long," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
"Now we're thinking of the Champions League and next Sunday, then there's the international break.
Juventus is already 10 points behind early leader Inter Milan, which hosts Fiorentina on Sunday. Napoli moved provisionally seventh with its second win of the season.
"We have to work and get some points. Sometimes football is brutal, a corner can change a result after 34 shots on goal," Allegri added referring to Wednesday's match against Frosinone in which the opponents scored in stoppage time. "And today we conceded two goals after we lost the ball.
"Tonight, I can't reproach the lads for what they did on the pitch. In my mind Juve will come back to fight at the top of the table, I don't know if we will manage but we have to try and see if we can do it and when everyone is back I will have the opportunity to put out players with more experience."
Roma coach Rudi Garcia was also under pressure after picking up just one point in two matches against Sassuolo and Sampdoria.
But his side responded with goals from Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic, Gervinho, Mohamed Salah and Lucas Digne.
It was a first goal for Roma for Digne as well as Manolas, who had scored an own goal in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Sampdoria.
Gervinho, who hadn't scored in nearly a year, also hit the post.
Marco Borriello scored against his old club for Carpi to make it 3-1 in the 34th minute. Ryder Matos had a penalty saved in the 76th by Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis, who also stopped the follow-up.
The only sour note for Roma was Edin Dzeko spraining his knee while Francesco Totti and Seydou Keita also went off injured. Totti had been on for only six minutes, after replacing Dzeko at halftime, but had set up a goal.
All three are highly unlikely to feature in Tuesday's Champions League trip to BATE Borisov.
Roma moved provisionally third ahead of Sunday's fixtures.
Juventus was without Stephan Lichtsteiner, Claudio Marchisio, Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira, while Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado were rested ahead of Wednesday's home Champions League match against Sevilla.
Inisgne was making his 100th appearance for Napoli and he marked the occasion with a goal, playing a neat one-two with Higuain before firing into the bottom left corner to hand his side a 26th-minute lead.
He pulled up with a knee problem later in the half and had to be replaced shortly before the interval.
Higuain got on the scoresheet himself shortly after the hour mark. Hernanes gave the ball away just inside his own half, passing straight to Higuain and the Argentina forward went on a mazy run downfield before firing across Gianluigi Buffon, who got a hand to it but the finish was too powerful.
It was Higuain's seventh goal in as many matches, including the last match of last season.
Juventus got one back almost immediately as less than a minute later Lemina was left relatively unmarked at the far post to slot Paulo Dybala's cross into the bottom right corner.
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