Saturday 30 September 2000 marked Juventus’ maiden Serie A match of the 2000/01 season and those fans to have made the trip south to Naples were treated to a very special away day indeed.
The hosts, backed by a vociferous San Paolo support, piled on the pressure from the first whistle and caused Carlo Ancelotti’s men all kinds of problems.
Edwin van der Saar broke a finger in stretching out to tip Abdelilah Saber’s cross over the bar, and the Dutch keeper was called into action again to block David Sesa’s fierce drive with his feet.
There was little he could do, however, about Roberto Stellone’s first-time strike from point-blank range.
Zinedine Zidane very nearly equalised for the visitors when his free-kick flew through a sea of bodies before striking the post.
A far more competitive Juve came out for the second half and, after Zidane and Filippo Inzaghi both spurned a couple of promising opportunities, Ancelotti brought on Darko Kovacevic to brilliant effect in the 66th minute.