Monday 30th November 2020
The gala performance of SSC Napoli in the Italian Serie A against AS Roma (4-0) in the Diego Maradona special jerseys thrilled the Italian gazettes. “In the name of Maradona: Napoli dances a tango with the ‘Argentine’ jersey and gives the Vesuvius city great joy after the days of mourning for Maradona. Maradona is omnipresent in the stadium that is supposed to bear his name instead of Saint Paul,” commented the “Gazzetta dello Sport “.
The “Corriere dello Sport” added: “Diego illuminates Naples while the energetic Romans collapse. The evening is entirely dedicated to Maradona, who inspires the Neapolitans.” “La Repubblica” commented: “A Napoli in a Maradona shirt will sweep AS Roma away. Maradona Day of Italian Football reveals a shiny Napoli that continues to mourn its legend Maradona.”
“We lost our idol”
Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne had promised a goal in Maradona’s honor. “Those painful days spurred us on to do our best. We lost our idol, and that hurts a lot. So this win, which we want to dedicate to Maradona, is particularly important,” said the 29-year-old striker. He scored 1-0 in the 30th minute, followed by more goals from Fabian (64th), Dries Mertens (81st) and Matteo Politano (86th).
Before the duel with Rome kicked off, Insigne laid a wreath of flowers in front of a large picture of Maradona on the main portal of the local San Paolo stadium, which will shortly be named after the club’s most famous player. On his captain’s armband was “Adios 10” in memory of Maradona’s shirt number, to which the interruption in the tenth minute of the game with long applause from all players and delegation members of both teams should be a reference. Before kick-off, both teams thought Maradonas with a minute’s silence.