Napoli turned a showdown into a lop-sided one as the Serie A leaders tore Juventus apart 5-1 on Friday, with Victor Osimhen bagging a brace while Khvicha Kvaratskhelia contributing to three goals.
Napoli led 2-1 at halftime, but Juve collapsed after the break to concede another three goals.
“It’s always tough when you lose but we deserved it today because we weren’t as energetic as them. Napoli deserve to be on top, now we must put this defeat behind us and move on,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Prior to Friday’s game, Napoli had won the Serie A winter champion with two rounds to spare as they had a seven-point advantage over second-placed Juve, while the Old Lady were coming off eight consecutive victories with clean sheets in the league.
Juve’s Arkadiusz Milik faced his former club, while Federico Chiesa got his first start since the Italy international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament last January.
The home side went ahead in the 14th minute when Kvaratskhelia’s acrobatic kick forced Wojciech Szczesny to parry it into the path of Osimhen to head in from close range, before the Nigerian returned the favor in the 39th minute for Kvaratskhelia to finish with a low strike.
Juve pulled one goal back in the 42nd minute as Milik tapped for Angel Di Maria to complete a left-footed curler.
The Partenopei restored a two-goal lead 10 minutes into the second half, when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa flicked on Kvaratskhelia’s corner and Amir Rrahmani swept it in at the penalty spot.
Moments later, Juve defender Bremer was robbed near the by-line and Kvaratskhelia’s pinpoint cross allowed Osimhen to steer in a header.
It was not finished yet as Napoli completed the scoreline in the 72nd minute when Eljif Elmas’ deflected strike wrong-footed Szczesny.
Italian Serie A continued to serve up exciting action Saturday with wins for both Juvetus and Inter Milan.
Inter Milan kept pressure on Serie A leader AC Milan as the Nerazzurri dominated Hellas Verona 2-0 on Saturday, while Juventus registered a comeback 2-1 victory over Cagliari.
Inter went into San Siro with four points behind its city-rival, and it just needed a halftime to seal the win, as Nicolo Barella hit in a volley on Ivan Perisic’s assist, before the Croatian nodded a corner for Edin Dzeko to tap in.
With a game in hand, Inter Milan is still one point adrift of AC Milan who visits Torino on Sunday.
Despite two goals being ruled out, Juventus still turned Cagliari around to consolidate its fourth place.
Joao Pedro’s early strike gave the home side a shock lead, but Matthijs de Ligt’s header and Dusan Vlahovic’s poke-in helped the Bianconeri sail away.
The win sent Juve eight points clear of fifth-placed Roma who hosts Salernitana on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Empoli played out a goalless tie with Spezia.
AC Milan have their work cut out if there are to be crowned Serie A champions this season.
Milan saw their advantage in the Serie A table shrink to one point after a goalless draw against Bologna on Monday.
The Rossoneri needed a win to consolidate their lead at the top, after Napoli and Inter Milan’s victories on Sunday.
Milan put on a strong offensive show from the very beginning, managing 33 attempts, but goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski’s outstanding performance allowed Bologna to steal a draw, leaving things all square at San Siro.
Milan still rank first with 67 points, but are only one point ahead of Napoli, while Inter Milan are third on 63 points with a game in hand.
Also on Monday, Giovanni Simeone’s early strike gave Hellas Verona a 1-0 victory over Genoa.
Juventus consolidated their position in top four as they extended their unbeaten run in Serie A on Saturday.
Alvaro Morata’s double helped the Bianconeri sail away with a 3-1 victory over Sampdoria.
Juve was on a run of 11 games unbeaten across all competitions before Saturday’s game and needed a win to
The away side broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute with a stroke of luck when Juan Cuadrado sprinted down the right and rolled across, with Samp’s defender Maya Yoshida accidentally sliding it into his own net.
Juve made it 2-0 10 minutes later, when Moise Kean was tripped down in the box and Morata turned up to convert the spot-kick.
Samp also had a penalty in the 73rd minute, but Juve’s goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny played heroics to palm away Antonio Candreva’s attempt.
The home side seemed to get a lifeline 10 minutes later when Abdelhamid Sabiri’s free kick took a huge deflection off Morata to loop over a helpless Szczesny, but Morata atoned for his error with a header on Manuel Locatelli’s assist to seal the game 3-1.
With the win, Juve still ranks fourth with 56 points, seven points behind leader AC Milan who saw off Empoli 1-0 on Saturday, thanks to an unexpected missile from Pierre Kalulu.
Also on Saturday, Spezia dominated Cagliari 2-0, and Salernitana shared the spoils with 10-man Sassuolo at 2-2.
Olivier Giroud could very well be the reason AC Milan clinch this season’s Scudetto after his goal helped the Rosseneri beat Napoli 1-0 away in a Serie A showdown on Sunday.
The two sides were level on points in second place before Sunday’s game and only separated by goal difference.
Giroud’s brace had helped the Rossoneri win in the Milan derby a few weeks ago, and he decided this game directly after the break when he opportunistically turned in David Calabria’s wayward attempt.
With the win, AC Milan retook the lead in the Serie A table with 60 points, two points ahead of Inter Milan who has played a game fewer.
Elsewhere, Juventus continued its unbeaten run after a 1-0 home victory over Spezia.
Spezia goalkeeper Ivan Provedel’s howler sparked a counter-attack, and Manuel Locatelli set up for Alvaro Morata to drill home.
Also on Sunday, Domenico Berardi’s double powered Sassuolo to a 4-1 victory at Venezia, Genoa earned its 15th draw this season after a 0-0 stalemate against Empoli, Bologna also played out a goalless draw with Torino, and Fiorentina shared the spoils with Hellas Verona, 1-1.
Just when they had bee handed the advantage to cement the top position by city rivals AC Milan, Inter Milan squandered it as their winless continued run in Serie A after suffering a 2-0 home defeat against Sassuolo on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri was in poor form recently, as it only managed one draw and two defeats in the league and was coming off a Champions League defeat against Liverpool in midweek.
Sassuolo had a good start just eight minutes into the game, as Hakan Calhanoglu was intercepted and Inter transfer target Giacomo Raspadori collected the ball before firing home.
The away side doubled their lead in the 26th minute when Hamed Traore’s cross from the left found unmarked Gianluca Scamacca for a header.
Inter Milan poured forward in a desperate bid to avoid a defeat, but Sassuolo’s goalkeeper Andrea Consigli managed to keep the scoreline.
Inter Milan remains second with 54 points, two points behind AC Milan but has a game in hand.
Also on Sunday, Fiorentina edged past Atalanta 1-0 on home turf, Venezia split the spoils with Genoa 1-1, and Udinese also played out 1-1 with Lazio.
Rafael Leao was the star of the match as AC Milan temporarily went top of Serie A after a routine 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday.
Inter Milan and Napoli played out a 1-1 draw on Saturday, meaning a win would allow the Rossoneri to leapfrog both teams.
It was Leao’s 100th appearance for the Diavolo, and the Portuguese marked the milestone with a fantastic solo effort in the seventh minute, when he collected a long pass from goalkeeper Mike Maignan to break into the box before finishing with a low strike from a tight angle.
With the win, AC Milan sit top of the table with 55 points, one point ahead of Inter Milan who still have a game in hand.
Also on Saturday, Juventus and Atalanta shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, as Juve defender Danilo’s last-minute goal canceled out Ruslan Malinovskyi’s stunning free-kick.
Juve remain fourth with 46 points, two points ahead of Atalanta who also have a game in hand.
Elsewhere, Bryan Cristante’s late equalizer helped Roma snatch a last-gasp point after a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo.
In Sunday’s other fixtures, Hellas Verona destroyed Udinese 4-0, Genoa drew with Salernitana 1-1, and Empoli and Cagliari also shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw.
Inter Milan’s stay at the top of Serie A is under threat after they drew with Napoli Saturday.
The showdown for the Serie A title ended 1-1 draw as Edin Dzeko’s volley canceled out Lorenzo Insigne’s early penalty.
It was a head-to-head for top spot as Napoli ranked second before Saturday’s game, one point behind leaders Inter, who have a game in hand.
Napoli made a good start just seven minutes into the game, as Victor Osimhen was kicked down by Stefan De Vrij, and the referee awarded the home side a penalty after a VAR check. Insigne, who will join Toronto FC in the summer, stepped up to convert it.
The Partenopei should have made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, but Piotr Zielinski saw his attempt graze the post.
Napoli were more aggressive in the first half, but Inter scored the equalizer straight after the break when Dzeko’s header was blocked, but the Bosnian reacted quickly to smash the rebound into the net.
Napoli still had chances to put the game to bed, but Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic performed well to keep the scoreline down.
After the draw, Inter still lead the table, but will be overtaken by city rivals AC Milan if they beat Sampdoria on Sunday.
Also on Saturday, Lazio dominated Bologna 3-0, and Venezia won 2-1 at Torino.
Both AC Milan and Juventus played out to a dour goalless draw in the Italian Serie A at San Siro on Sunday
Both sides were in a dire need of the victory, as AC Milan had to follow Inter Milan’s pace in the race for the Scudetto while Juve was raring to move to the top-four.
It was an end-to-end tedious fixture, Juve even failed to manage one attempt on target, while Milan at least forced Wojciech Szczesny to make several saves but lost hitman Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
The stalemate, coupled with Napoli’s 4-1 win over Salernitana, dropped Milan to the third place on inferior goal difference, while Juve still ranks fifth with 42 points, one point behind Atalanta who has a game in hand.
Elsewhere, Roma almost got the job done in the first half, as the Giallorossi ran riots to score four goals in a span of 12 minutes with Tammy Abraham’s double on top of Sergio Oliveira and Nicolo Zaniolo’s goals.
Despite two goals conceded after the break, it was still enough for Roma to seal the win.
Also on Sunday, Spezia edged past Sampdoria 1-0, Sassuolo tied with Torino 1-1, while Cagliari also shared the spoils with Fiorentina at 1-1.
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