Napoli 4-0 Roma: Lorenzo Insigne dedicates the goal to Diego Maradona as the home side score three points in their first league game since the legendary Argentine’s death
- The club mourned one of its greatest players in the world
- Napoli won their first league game since Diego Maradona’s death
- Lorenzo Insigne scored a free kick on 30 minutes and gave Napoli the lead
- Napoli’s captain celebrated with a Maradona jersey after his team’s first goal
- The home team ran away in the second half and scored three more goals
Napoli, who played in Argentine style jerseys in homage to the late Diego Maradona, destroyed AS Roma 4-0 in Serie A on another poignant evening on Sunday.
Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli the lead in the 30th minute with a great free kick worthy of the Argentine himself and ran halfway across the pitch to collect and kiss a shirt with Maradona’s name on it.
Fabian Ruiz, Dries Mertens and Matteo Politano scored three more goals in the second half to give Roma their first on-pitch defeat in all competitions. Their only other loss was a loss for using an ineligible player against Verona.
Lorenzo Insigne held up Diego Maradona’s shirt after scoring his team’s first goal against Roma
The Italian scored a free kick on 30 minutes and gave Napoli the lead against Roma
Maradona performed 188 times during his time in Napoli between 1984 and 1991
As with all other Serie A games, the game was preceded by a minute’s silence for Maradona, who had seven notable seasons in Napoli, and the game was paused for a round of applause at the tenth minute.
Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 60.
Napoli, who wore a special kit with light blue and white striped jerseys reminiscent of Argentina’s stripes, moved up to fifth with 17 points ahead of Roma due to the goal difference.
Before the game, Napoli’s captain put a flower boutique under a photo of Maradona
After a 3-1 home defeat against AC Milan a week ago, coach Napenn was pushed into the public eye after a 3-1 home defeat against AC Milan.
The Naples-born Insigne was also involved in the second goal in the 64th minute as he ran on to Mario Rui’s pass, stormed forward and found Ruiz, who hit with a low shot from the edge of the area that went through the legs of a defender.
Mertens grabbed a rebound and added the third after Mirante failed to clear Eljif Elmas’ shot and Politano added the finishing touches with a solo attempt, snaking through the Roma defense and Mirante moving out of the way to into an empty one Meet network.