Kalidou Koulibaly confessed that his 92nd-minute own goal “hurts” after it halted Napoli’s incredible comeback and gifted Juventus victory instead.
Just over a year after his famous winner against Juventus, Koulibaly did the complete opposite on Saturday by scoring a spectacular own goal to condemn Napoli to a 4-3 defeat in Turin.
The 28-year-old had a rare off-game and was easily beaten by his old team-mate Gonzalo Higuain for Juventus’ second goal.
However, things picked up for Koulibaly and Napoli in the second-half despite Cristiano Ronaldo adding a third for Juventus.
New signings Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano scored in the space of two minutes to put them back in the game. Giovanni Di Lorenzo then completed the comeback by scoring a 81st-minute equaliser for the visitors.
But Koulibaly then accidentally put a Paulo Dybala free-kick into the back of the Napoli goal in the dying moments.
The Senegal international later took to social media to express his regrets over his own goal. However, he did promise Napoli will bounce back from this setback.
“It’s an own goal that hurts me because it came after an incredible comeback,” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.
“I’m sorry but I have to – we have to accept it: we are strong. We showed it. We will prove it.”
Although Di Lorenzo, who scored his first goal for Napoli, felt there were plenty of positives to take from the game.
“We showed that we could go toe-to-toe with Juventus and leave here with our heads held high,” said the Italian full-back.
“We gave a good account of ourselves out there. The goal that we conceded at the end leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but we’re also aware of our potential.
“We made mistakes in terms of our defensive cover, which cost us with the first goal.
“There’s certainly still plenty to rectify defensively. But we did well to pick ourselves back up at 3-0 down and showed character and quality.
“I’m personally feeling good and still need to improve further. I’m happy about my first goal for the club, but I’d have preferred it to have come alongside a positive result.”