Roma 0-1 Napoli: Osimhen fires Partenopei past Mourinho’s men

Napoli's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen shoots to open the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between AS Rome and Napoli on October 23, 2022 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
23-10-2022 18:45
MatchDay 11
Napoli
Napoli

A late goal from Napoli striker Victor Osimhen extended the team's season-opening unbeaten streak to sixteen as they defeated Roma 1-0 this evening in the Italian capital. 

The Partenopei handed Jose Mourinho's side their third league defeat of the season and maintained their position at the top of the Serie A table, winning 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. 

It also marks the first time Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti has won against a Jose Mourinho-coached team. Entering tonight, the Tuscan was 0-3-3 against the Special One in his career.

As for the Giallorossi, it's a missed opportunity to close the gap on the league leaders and improve their position in the race for the top four.

Much like in previous matches, their season-long attacking struggles came back to bite them. Roma failed to register a single shot on target and ended the match with 0 big chances created. 

Attacking trio Lorenzo Pellegrini, Nicolo Zaniolo, and Tammy Abraham were lifeless while substitutes Andrea Belotti and Eldor Shomurodov didn't fare much better.

The five attackers combined ended the clash with a total of 2 shots--further highlighting the ineffectiveness of their attack.

Player statistic

1st half
Chris Smalling Yellow card 22'    
    45+3' Yellow card Hirving Lozano
2nd half
    45+3' Yellow card Hirving Lozano
    47' Yellow card Tanguy Ndombélé
Bryan Cristante Yellow card 51'    
Roger Ibañez Yellow card 74'    
    78' Yellow card Mathías Olivera
    79' Yellow card Stanislav Lobotka
    80' Goal Victor Osimhen
(Assist: Matteo Politano)

Match statistic

40
Possession
60
6
Total shots
12
0
Shots on target
5
3
Shots off target
4
3
Blocked shots
3
14
Fouls
12
3
Corners
4
3
Offsides
0
Roma
Napoli

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
23
Defender
82'
37
85'
2
Defender
82'
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
82'
22
Attacker
9
Attacker
64'
1
Alex Meret
Goalkeeper
22
Giovanni Di Lorenzo
Defender
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
17
Mathías Olivera
Defender
3
Min-jae Kim
Defender
20
Piotr Zielinski
Midfielder
75'
68
Stanislav Lobotka
Midfielder
91
Tanguy Ndombélé
Midfielder
57'
11
Hirving Lozano
Attacker
75'
77
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Attacker
9
Victor Osimhen
Attacker

Substitutes

24
Defender
63
Goalkeeper
65
Midfielder
52
Midfielder
62
Midfielder
99
Goalkeeper
68
Midfielder
11
Attacker
64'
92
82'
17
Defender
82'
8
Midfielder
82'
14
Attacker
85'
55
Leo Östigard
Defender
4
Diego Demme
Midfielder
6
Mário Rui
Defender
12
Davide Marfella
Goalkeeper
16
Hubert Idasiak
Goalkeeper
59
Alessandro Zanoli
Defender
81
Giacomo Raspadori
Attacker
18
Giovanni Simeone
Attacker
23
Alessio Zerbin
Attacker
31
Karim Zedadka
Defender
7
Eljif Elmas
Midfielder
57'
70
Gianluca Gaetano
Midfielder
75'
21
Matteo Politano
Attacker
75'
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