The 2022-2023 Coppa Italia round of 16 knockout matches kicked off today. As the leader of Serie A this season, Naples sits against Cremona, the bottom team that has not yet won its first victory this season. Just when everyone thought that Naples would be able to win at their fingertips, the No. 1 team unexpectedly met Waterloo at home, lost to Cremona in a penalty shootout and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the 18th minute of the first half, Cremona ‘s 25-year-old midfielder Charles Piquell took the lead to give the team the lead, but in the 33rd minute Naples’ 31-year-old defender Juan Guilme Nu Napoli scored 2 goals in just 3 minutes and overtook Cremona!
In the second half, substitute teenager Ji’an equalized with a header and the two sides started a penalty shootout
But Naples conceded another goal in the 87th minute. Cremona’s teenager Felix Afenna-Gian headed home at a critical moment to tie the score at 2-2. Still no achievements, the two teams also officially entered the penalty shootout.
In the penalty shootout, only Naples’ 28-year-old substitute midfielder Stanislav Lobotka missed a penalty kick in the fourth round. In the end, Cremona beat Naples 5-4 in the penalty shootout.
It is worth mentioning that Cremona has not won a single victory in Serie A this season. And with the humiliation of Naples, which has won 15 Serie A victories in today’s penalty shootout, it has advanced to the top 8 for the third time in team history.
Napoli boss disappointed
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti was disappointed at being knocked out of the Coppa Italia by losing to bottom-placed Cremona, and admitted that neither his management nor his performances were as good as usual. Because the team lost 2 goals in the game and even wasted many scoring opportunities in 90 minutes and extra time, Spalletti expressed frustration that there were too many disappointing performances in this game.
This season, Naples has shown a strong demeanor in Serie A, and is striving to win the first Serie A championship since 1990. Naples will also bring this strength to the UEFA Champions League group stage, and is expected to be on the European list. . But it is a pity that with Naples losing to Cremona, it is hopeless to win the Coppa Italia this season.