Napoli defeated Torino 2-1 away from home Sunday evening to retain second place in the Serie A table.
Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon both found the net to lead the Partenopei to victory. Here are the player ratings for Napoli:
Jose Reina (5.5): Reina got caught out going for the ball and Peres was able to volley it over him, even though the keeper got a hand on it. Other than that, he distributed the ball well with his feet and was able to rescue the ball on some crosses.
Elseid Hysaj (6): Hysaj had a solid overall performance. He was excellent in the first half stopping Bruno Peres, but in the second half his performance seemed to turn down a notch.
Raul Albiol (6.5): Albiol had a great performance, commanding the back line and was able to clear out any chances that Torino was able to muster up near him. He had to face more pressure in the second half, but was able to turn in an overall solid game.
Kalidou Koulibaly (6.5): Koulibaly was able to turn in a bounce-back performance after the game against Atalanta where he was not his usual self. He and Albiol were able to make key clearances and interceptions when Torino was on the attack.
Faouzi Ghoulam (5.5): Ghoulam was good in the first half, but his second half performance was what got him this rating. He struggled once Peres moved to his side of the field. Torino was attacking on his side and he had to catch-up to defend.
Allan (7.5 MOTM): A clear example of a box-to-box midfielder in Allan’s performance against Torino. The Brazilian moves up the field helping in the attack, but also makes key interceptions in the midfield and shows incredible hustle, fighting for every possible ball. This was another vital performance by the midfielder. His relentless effort is what Napoli lacked last season.
Jorginho (7): Along with his fellow midfielder Allan, Jorginho put in a solid performance in the midfield by being physical and battling for possession. He was able to reshape and organize Napoli’s position on the pitch.
Marek Hamsik (6.5): Napoli’s captain is able to achieve this rating with his two assists for both of the team’s goals. He set up Callejon beautifully with a cross that zipped into the box, finding the winger’s cleat. Hamsik was much sharper in the first half before he had a mediocre second half.
Jose Callejon (7): Usually a consistent performer for Napoli, Callejon was able to bag what proved to be the game winner of the match. However, apart from his goal and some spark in the first half, this was not Callejon’s best match. Torino did a good job of concealing the Spaniard on the flanks.
Gonzalo Higuain (7.5): It was hard to pick a MOTM between Higuain and Allan, but Higuain once again, showed the audience why he is the leading scorer in the Serie A. Higuain scored the opener in the match Sunday and was unlucky not to score another goal. He is consistently a threat up-top and can set up other players for good looks when he has to. Apart from his goal, he nearly missed a brace, hitting the post on a long range shot.
Lorenzo Insigne (5.5): The hometown player was poor for Napoli tonight and definitely the worst performer of the starting XI. The winger has been looking fatigued over the recent weeks, especially in Sunday’s match. He had the opportunity to pass to his teammates for possibly better chances at the goal, but took some ambitious shots. His passing was also not precise.
None of the substitutes really made any impact in their short time on the field, so no rating was given for them.
Dries Mertens (N/A): The Belgian came on for Insigne, but did not really make any significant impact or contributions to the team in his time on the pitch. He wasn’t able to provide his usual spark, especially as Torino continued to hold pressure on the attack.
David Lopez (N/A): Lopez was subbed on for Marek Hamsik. He was put into the game to hold the 2-1 result. The Spaniard did his usual job in the midfield, trying to intercept the ball and stop the attack.
Omar El Kaddouri (N/A): El Kaddouri came on for Jose Callejon very late in the game. There’s not much to judge his performance on. The ball went his direction only a few times and nothing came from those occasions.