Napoli reignite Serie A title race with last-gasp win over Juventus

Lynette Rowe
April 24, 2018

But the atmosphere would soon turn partisan in the Juventus Stadium as Napoli secured a vital 1-0 win thanks to an 89th-minute victor from defender Kalidou Koulibaly, moving them to within one point of the leaders.

A bullet header from Kalidou Koulibaly in the 90th minute gave Maurizio Sarri's Napoli a surprise victory in Turin at the weekend, and Allegri has slammed Juventus' busy fixture list as the catalyst behind their inability to control the game against the Ciucciarelli.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side were still in control of their destiny after Kalidou Koulibaly's last-gasp victor saw Napoli reduce the gap on the Serie A champions to just one point - setting off wild celebrations in Naples.

Those fans will be hoping Juve drop points in their remaining games, especially as they still have to play away at third-place Roma and fifth-place Inter Milan.

His counterpart Gianluigi Buffon had to be alert to tip over a dipping cross-cum-shot from Mario Rui, who then slid in Marek Hamsik for the best chance of the first half in the 24th minute, only for the Napoli captain to drag his attempt across the face of goal and wide.

"We have always believed in the title and now we believe in it more than ever", Koulibaly said.

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"Juve are a very strong side, but we proved Napoli can fight it out with them. We just need to get our heads down and focus on that". We will carry on giving 110 per cent, but Juventus are ahead of us and their win percentage is impressive.

Napoli will play Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Torino and Crotone in the final four matches.

"Today, Giorgio Chiellini underwent medical tests following his early exit from Sunday's match against Napoli", read a statement on the club's official website.

An onlooker recorded a video as the two groups gathered at different ends of the street before charging at each other.

The battle for Europe could go down to the wire with Lazio hosting Inter in their final game of the season.

Benevento's relegation from Serie A was confirmed after just one year in Italy's top flight.

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