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Napoli 2-5 Fiorentina: Highlights

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There are so many dang goals here oh my goodness.

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Pre-match

Napoli boss Giuseppe Marino switched from his typical 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 shape, which gave the Viola quite a bit of trouble in the early going. Fiorentina manager Antonio Cincotta brought back GK Stephanie Öhrström and dropped Greta Adami into central defense to replace Alice Tortelli, with Valery Vigilucci and Stephanie Breitner coming into the midfield.

Also, big shout out to the Stadio Caduti di Brema, which looks like a high school field. Any misplaced passes or shots looked like they’d end up in somebody’s living room as apartments lined the pitch. It made the San Potato look palatial.

First half

The Neapolitans got their goal not long after when Öhrstrom flapped at a Raffaela Errico cross and let it nestle into the net. Not a good moment, although Quinn and Martina Zanoli both could have done a lot better as well.

The Viola pulled even through a set piece of their own, with Tatiana Bonetti swinging it in and Daniela Sabatino (who else?) looping a header in for her third goal in two games.

The visitors took the lead in jaw-dropping fashion when Chiara Groff, under minimal pressure, passed the ball forty yards back into her own net. Goalkeeper Émmeline Mainguy was perhaps a bit out of position too, but holy smokes was this wild.

Second half

Bonetti got her second assist from a free kick with a quick take for Marta Mascarello, and for the second week in a row, the 21-year-old scored a stunner. This time, it was a lovely chip over a helpless Émmeline Mainguy.

After Elisabetta Oliviero obviously hacked down Claudia Neto in the box, Sabatino added her second from the spot to make it 4-1, even though Mainguy got a hand to it.

And she wasn’t finished, turning home a Fredderike Thøgersen cross at the back post moments later to make it a hat trick.

The hosts got one back as Errico booted a swerving, dipping shot off the bar and Despoina Chatzinikolaou went full-length with a diving header to turn home the rebound.

Full time

Goals: Errico 19’, Chatzinikolaou 66’; Sabatino 32’ (ass. Bonetti) 56’ PK 59’ (ass. Thøgersen), Groff OG 43’, Mascarello 50’ (ass. Bonetti)

Cards: Oliviero 74’

Standings

Fiorentina sit at the top of the standings with 6 points and a +7 goal difference. That’s good. AC Milan and Juventus are also undefeated, so it’s still tight at the top. Napoli remain winless but are only third-bottom with a -4 goal difference thanks to Inter Milan’s -7 and San Marino’s -15 (!).