Naples, Italy: Napoli beat Atlanta 4-1 in Serie A on Saturday (October 17) to score four goals in the first half of the 20th minute, giving the visitors a taste of their medicine.
Free-scoring Atlanta, the top scorer with 98 goals last season, scored 13 goals in their first three wins, but there was no response to Napoli’s attacks in the first half.
Mexican forward Hirving Lozano was sidelined by coach Gennaro Gatuso last season, leading Napoli to two goals in four minutes.
The player known as “Chakki” entered from Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s cross in the 23rd minute and in the second, Dres Martਨnez scored after bending over a mix-up in the Atlanta midfield.
Matteo Politano scored the third goal in the first half and Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen took advantage of a poor defense to move to fourth before the break.
Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina’s kick upfield was fouled by Christian Romero and Osimhaen, signed by Lille in the summer, took the ball down and scored with a shot to secure their first goal for their new club.
Romero made partial improvements in the 69th minute to substitute Atlanta for substitute Sam Lammers. Argentina won possession, charged up field and released Lamars who clipped his shot Ospina.
Atlanta have nine points from four games, one ahead of Napoli.
Napoli have won all three of their games on the pitch, scoring 12 goals and conceding one.
However, the Serie A disciplinary committee defeated them 3-0 in a match against Juventus amid confusion over code-19 rules and also reduced them by one point.