It has been quite the start to the season for Napoli, hasn't it? After kicking off their Serie A campaign with a ridiculous 4-3 victory over Fiorentina, their second game of the season ended in an even more ridiculous 4-3 defeat to Juventus, as a late own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly gave Maurizio Sarri's side the early initiative in the title race.
It initially looked, however, as if it was going to be a routine victory for the reigning champions, as goals from Danilo, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo had them cruising by the hour mark - but it didn't quite all go to plan from there.
It started, though, when the former Manchester City defender came on for his debut on the 15th-minute mark, and after arriving as a makeweight in City's acquisition of Joao Cancelo, he immediately showed what he has to offer.
Danilo already banging in goals for Juventus when Cancelo can't even get a game at City.— 🅱️en (@ThatchersElbow) August 31, 2019
Juve were flying and things went from good to better just three minutes later when Gonzalo Higuain opened his account - against his former club, no less.
Sarri and Higuain’s Juve 2-0 up against Napoli. If you’d dared to imagine such a scenario 3 years ago…— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) August 31, 2019
And then it was three, thanks to Ronaldo - who made sure to reference his goal from last week, which VAR disallowed for a marginal offside call. This time, however, there was no technological interference.
However, just as it seemed like the rout was complete, in the same breath it all went wrong. A quickfire double from new signings Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano was a sign of things to come.
🔥 Hirving Lozano is on fire again!— LOZANO STATS 🇲🇽 (@LozanoStats) August 31, 2019
⚽ GOAL at debut for Pachuca
⚽ GOAL at debut for Mexico
⚽ GOAL at debut for PSV
⚽ GOAL at debut at World Cup
⚽ GOAL at debut at UEFA Champions League
⚽ GOAL at debut at Serie A for Napoli#Napoli #JuveNapoli #mexico #lozano pic.twitter.com/okWHeUM6tm
De Ligt with a disasterclass today. Let Manolas and Di Lorenzo run behind him on set pieces for their goals, and forgot about Lozano's run in behind.— Abdulrahman Aliu (@helenioslegacy) September 1, 2019
What an incredible comeback by Napoli. Juventus went from invincible to completely lost within 20 min & literally forgot how to defend on that Di Lorenzo goal. Who says Seria A is boring, best game of the season till now.— NUK (@RealMadrid_19O2) August 31, 2019
BUT THEN. ANOTHER TWIST.
4-3 it finished, and Koulibaly was understandably hurting at the whistle- especially after such a remarkable three-goal comeback.
All in all, it was a bit of a game.