Juve go top of Serie A as Inter drops further

Juve go top of Serie A as Inter drops further

It came in late, the goal that is. 88th minute, to be precise. A lovely well-taken left-footed thunderbolt. Pepe Reina couldn’t do anything. It was unstoppable. He was angry. Simone Zaza, a substitute in the 58th minute had done to Napoli what everyone in Turin expected and had eagerly awaited, sending Juventus to the top of the Serie A. The Juventus Arena was rocking, Zaza’s name flowed from everyone’s lips.

Ain’t no sunshine for Napoli after the Old Lady overtook the Naples side. It was always coming. Not the goal, but a marauding behemoth on a winning spree. The best defense had finally beaten the best attack. Even Italian league’s top scorer, Gonzalo Higuain couldn’t breach it, and here he was needed most to stop what may create daylight between Napoli and a side in the hunt for its fifth Scudetto.

Whereas the Partenopei controlled the possession, they were limited in attack, what with seven shots, only one on target. Now Napoli gaffer, Maurizio Sarri, can only hope that Massimiliano Allegri’s charges stutter. For as it stands, Juve are on a roll.

Not so much for Inter Milan. Not so much for Roberto Mancini. Inter now lie fifth after being overtaken by Roma. The Nerrazzuri had taken the lead against Fiorentina, but could not create a win. In the 26th minute, Marcelo Brozovic had scored after some work from Rodrigo Palacia.

Nevertheless, on the hour mark, Borja Valero headed in from close range to equalize for the Florence side. Inter then had Brazilian defender Alex Telles sent off for a second bookable offense seven minutes from time, and Fiorentina’s Senegalese forward, Khouma Babacar, on just four minutes before, punished the Milan side, scoring past Samir Handanovic. 2-1 it ended, but the game still saw two more red cards handed to Fiorentina’s Mauro Zarate and Inter’s Geoffrey Kondogbia who had clashed.

Inter’s defeat has made them vulnerable, and they now lie only two points ahead of their great rivals, AC Milan. Goals from either side of the half by Carlos Bacca and Keisuke Honda helped the Rossoneri beat Genoa 2-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza and climb to within touching distance of the Champions League.

Elsewhere, AS Roma went fourth after a 3-1 away victory at Carpi, while on Friday night, Lazio bamboozled bottom side Hellas Verona with a 5-2 devastating victory. Juve’s derby mates, Torino, powered to a 3-1 victory at Parlemo.

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