When Diego Maradona sealed his world record transfer to Napoli, the first request made to him by Napoli’s passionate supporters was not win titles. Their wish was to defeat Juventus. Throughout his legendary career in Napoli, Maradona would do justice to this request as the Azzuri defeated Juventus in a series of famous matches. It was also a transitional phase in Italian football, as Juventus after dominating for a decade between mid-70s to mid-80s, entered a relatively barren phase, allowing Napoli and Milan to overtake them.

Under Dino Zoff, Juventus was showing signs of improvement as they hosted Napoli in November, 1988. Napoli was without inspirational Bruno Giordano but other two components of the famous “Ma-Gi-Ca” trident, Careca and Maradona were unstoppable in this match. Andrea Carnevale opened the scoring after three minute as Careca followed with a brace to put Napolo 0-3 up at half-time.

After some tough talking by Zoff, Juventus came back strongly in second half to claw back 2-3 with goals from Roberto Galia and Russian maestro Oleksandr Zavarov. Careca completed his hattrick soon putting Napoli 2-4 up only to see De Agostini make it 3-4 from the spot. Any hopes of a Juventus comeback was crushed five minutes before the final whistle as Alessandro Renica converted a penalty to earn Napoli an exciting 3-5 win.

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