Napoli hit back from conceding a contentious early penalty to win 4-3 at new-look Fiorentina in a rip-roaring start to their Serie A campaign on Saturday.
Fiorentina’s new signing Erick Pulgar scored in the ninth minute from a penalty awarded with the help of a long VAR review after the ball was kicked against the arm of Piotr Zielinksi at point-blank range
Dries Mertens levelled with Napoli’s first real attack of the game in the 38th minute and then won a penalty, which was also controversially awarded and converted by Lorenzo Insigne, five minutes later.
Nikola Milenkovic headed Fiorentina back on level terms in the 52nd minute only for Jose Callejon to put Napoli back in front four minutes later with a rasping drive from the edge of the area.
Substitute and new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng equalised for Fiorentina in the 65th minute, but the hugely entertaining game had yet more twist as Insigne headed the winner for Napoli two minutes after that.
Star substitute Franck Ribery had a late penalty shout that was overruled by the referee as last season’s runners-up held for all three points that takes them level with champions Juventus, who began with a 1-0 win over Parma.