Napoli 1-2 Parma: Hosts begin life under Gennaro Gattuso with defeat against Roberto D’Aversa’s men as Gervinho ensures their winless run in Serie A is extended to EIGHT games
- Parma’s Dejan Kulusevski put the visitors in front after just four minutes
- Napoli then lost centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to injury soon after
- Arkadiusz Milik’s second-half header restored parity for Gennaro Gattuso’s side
- But late in stoppage time former Arsenal man Gervinho scored the winner
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso suffered a disappointing debut as Gervinho’s stoppage-time goal earned Parma a 2-1 win at the Stadio San Paolo to extend the home side’s winless run in Serie A to eight games.
Dejan Kulusevski’s early opener was cancelled out by an Arkadiusz Milik header midway through the second half, but Gervinho finished off a clinical counter-attack to earn his side a late victory.
Former AC Milan boss Gattuso was brought in to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week after a poor start to the season left Napoli in seventh place and on their worst run of league form in 19 years.
Gennaro Gattuso’s first game in charge of Napoli ended in defeat against Parma
The game began badly for Napoli as Dejan Kulusevski put the visitors in front
The defeat by Parma means Napoli have failed to win four consecutive Serie A home games for the first time since March 2010.
The result sees Parma move above Gattuso’s side into seventh place on 24 points, leaving Napoli eighth on 21 and at risk of sliding further down the table before the end of the weekend.
‘At the moment, we aren’t well mentally,’ Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.
Things then went from bad to worse for the hosts as Kalidou Koulibaly went off injured
‘Napoli have potential and we need to start believing in ourselves again, getting the problems out of our heads.
‘This is a great team, made up of very good players, but it’s one of those moments and we are paying for it.
‘There were positive things, but they weren’t enough. This team is suffering.’
LINEUPS AND MATCH FACTS
Napoli (4-3-3): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly (Luperto 5′), Rui; F. Ruiz, Allan (Mertens 63′), Zielinski; Callejon, Milik, Insigne (Lozano 79′)
Subs not used: Llorente, Elmas, Hysaj, Ospina, Karnezis, Younes, Gaetano, Leandrinho
Goals: Milik (64′)
Booked: Milik, Mertens
Parma (4-3-3): Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Alves, Gagliolo; Hernani, Brugman, Barilla (Grassi 66′); Kulusevski, Cornelius (Sprocati 16′) (Pezzella 77′), Gervinho
Subs not used: Dermaku, Laurini, Colombi, Alastra, Adorante
Goals: Kulusevski (4′), Gervinho (90+3′)
Booked: Gervinho, Gagliolo
Gattuso’s bow on the Napoli bench was disrupted by the kick-off time being moved back half an hour to allow for repairs to the stadium after a storm caused damage overnight.
Once the game got underway, he could not have imagined a worse opening five minutes to his reign.
A misjudgment from Kalidou Koulibaly allowed Kulusevski to race through on goal and fire in the opener, and to make matters worse, the Napoli defender injured himself in the process and had to be replaced after limping off.
Napoli did manage to restore parity through Arkadiusz Milik’s second-half header
Lorenzo Insigne squandered a glorious chance to equalise on 33 minutes when he shot wide from close range, but Parma came close to a second when Gervinho’s effort was pushed onto the post by goalkeeper Alex Meret.
Gattuso called on substitute Dries Mertens to make the difference as the hour mark passed, and the Belgian had an instant impact, floating a cross for Milik’s headed equaliser.
Napoli committed numbers forward for a corner in stoppage time but were punished when Parma hit on the break through Gervinho, who exchanged passes with Kulusevski before tucking home the winner.
Gattuso however failed to find an equaliser despite being animated on the sideline
Earlier on Saturday, Brescia moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win over Lecce thanks to goals from Jhon Chancellor, Ernesto Torregrossa and Nikolas Spalek.
It was a second consecutive win for returning coach Eugenio Corini, who was sacked earlier in the season only to be recalled after his successor Fabio Grosso was fired after just three games in charge.
The result leaves Brescia in 17th place on 13 points, two behind 16th-placed Lecce.
Gervinho then sucker-punched and shocked Napoli in injury time by finishing past Alex Meret
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