S.S.C. Napoli returned to winning ways in Serie A thanks to Kostas Manolas' match-winning strike against Brescia Calcio at Stadio
Dries Mertens needed just 12 minutes to put Napoli in front, but his simple finish was overshadowed by a stunning pass from in-form midfielder
Key Talking Point
It might have been a comfortable afternoon for Napoli on the whole, but a huge chunk of their success on Sunday came from the timing of their two opening goals against Brescia.
Manolas' late first half header and Tonali's disallowed goal the other side of half-time left Brescia deflated too, all-but ending any chance the visitors had of getting back into the match even though Balotelli did pull one back.
Starting XI: Ospina (6); Di Lorenzo (6), Manolas (8), Maksimovic (6), Ghoulam (7); Callejon (7), Allan (7), Fabian (8*), Zielinski (7); Mertens (8), Llorente (7).
Substitutes: Luperto (6), Elmas (5), Hysaj (6).
STAR PLAYER - This could be any number of Napoli players, as some fantastic performances were put in across the board from Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Fabian ruiz reminds me of thiago motta. Calm and composed— Arturo Vidal (@Salehmarwa02) September 29, 2019
Dries Mertens has scored his fourth goal of the season. What a fantastic switch of flanks by Fabian Ruiz to create it.— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) September 29, 2019
He did that with his right foot. What a player!
Every time I watch Fabian Ruiz I'm more and more impressed. Unreal footballer.— Harry (@HarryMufc97) September 29, 2019
Starting XI: Joronen (7); Sabelli (5), Cistana (5), Chancellor (6), Martella (4); Bisoli (6), Tonali (7), Dessena (5), Spalek (7); Balotelli (7), Donnarumma (6).
Substitutes: Mateju (6), Romulo (6), Matri (6).
Carlo Ancelotti's side break for Champions League football in midweek where they'll travel to face Belgian giants Genk, looking to build on their 2-0 win over Liverpool on matchday one of the group stages.
Napoli are then on the road to Torino when Serie A action returns next weekend.