Turin, April 23: Napoli defeated Juventus 1-0 riding a 90th-minute header by Senegalese central defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the Allianz Stadium here, cutting the deficit to one point against the Serie A leaders and six-time defending champions.
With just four rounds of games to go in the season, it looked like Juventus were going to maintain their four-point advantage over second-placed Napoli on Sunday, as the final whistle came ever closer. And the match looked like heading for a goalless draw until Koulibaly shrugged off his marker to head home a corner from Jose Callejon.
The 1-0 win allowed Napoli to stay in the hunt for their first championship since 1989-90, when they were led to a second title in four seasons by Argentine icon Diego Maradona, while Juventus are bidding for their seventh consecutive league title, reports Efe.
In the last four matches, Massimiliano Allegri-coached Juventus must go up against Inter Milan and Roma, while Napoli, coached by Maurizio Sarri, will have an easier schedule, facing the likes of Fiorentina, Torino, Sampdoria and Crotone.
“Anything can happen in a one-off head-to-head. We struggled a little towards the end but we needed to see the game out. It was a match we didn’t want to lose but let’s not forget that we’re still a point ahead and we just need to hold onto our lead,” Allegri was quoted as saying by Juventus’ website.
“Napoli deserve credit for getting themselves back into the Scudetto running. They’re good with the ball but this match was basically decided by a single moment,” he added.
“The title race will go down to the wire because there are no easy matches for either side.” IANS