Napoli defeated Torino 1-0, earning six wins from their last seven league games at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino to cement third place in Serie A. The defining moment came in the 73rd minute when Fabian Ruiz capitalized on a high turnover to seal the deal for the Partenopei.
In contrast to Sassuolo’s brilliant 6-1 win last weekend, today’s win in Turin was far more dramatic. Napoli and Torino both lived up to their first-half performances and showed why they are the best defenses in the league in the first 45 minutes. In the goalless first half, there were very few scoring chances for either side.
However, Napoli turned on the engines after the break. After creating some good chances, the Partenopei missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring. Torino goalkeeper Etrit Berisha saved a Lorenzo Insigne penalty midway through the second half. It was the winger’s fourth miss of the season.
Insigne had another chance just moments later but Armando Izzo fended off the Napoli captain with a perfectly timed tackle. There was no saving from Ruiz’s first goal from inside the box as the Spaniard punched the ball through Berisha’s legs to pass the ball Partenopei her second win in Serie A at the Trot.
Despite missing just a point, Insigne was keen to break into the goalscoring charts and cement his legacy at Napoli before joining MLS franchise Toronto FC in the summer. The outgoing Napoli striker lasted all 90 minutes in Turin and Luciano Spalletti praised his captain despite another underperformance.
“He took responsibility for the punishment that many others would not want. He just needs to relax, his decision needs to be accepted and it’s not easy for us to lose a player of his level. He can play anywhere with his head held high‘ he said, as passed on Gianluca di Marzio.