Juventus, Napoli win as Inter stutter, again

Juventus, Napoli win as Inter stutter, again

Juventus, Napoli win as Inter stutter, again

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That man again. He can’t stop scoring. Paulo Bruno Exequiel Dybala struck in the 77th minute to hand a 1-0 victory for Juventus over AS Roma at the Juventus Stadium. That win takes the Old Lady to within two points off league leaders SSC Napoli. It was deserved.

Juventus were the better side, with the Bianconeri having most of the possession and shots on target. The Turin side finally broke the deadlock after Argentine playmaker, Dybala, struck a onetime shot, having received a delightful throughpass from French sensation, Paul Drogba. The 22-year old controlled with his left foot before shooting past keeper, and former Arsenal shot stopper, Wojciech Szczesny, to break the capital side’s hearts.

Juve continued their devastating form that has seen them now register 11 straight Serie A victories, with Dybala netting his 12th strike this season, taking him to joint second on the scoring charts. The result ensured that the 31-time record holders remain on course for a fifth league victory in a row, having gone clear four points against third placed Fiorentina.

The league leaders, Napoli, know the pressure is on them. The Naples side visited Sampdoria and went home with a 4-2 victory over the 10-man hosts. The Partenopei were all over the Samps at the Marassi, with Gonzalo Higuain hitting his 21st Serie A goal as early as the 9th minute, taking advantage of a poor Edgar Barreto’s backpass.

Lorenzo Insigne scored a penalty 9 minutes later, before Carlos Joaquin struck on the stroke of halftime for the hosts to halve the deficit. After Sampdoria’s Mattia Cassani had been sent off on the hour mark for a second bookable offense, Marek Hamsik scored to make it 3-1 with a solo effort. Brazilian Eder made it 3-2 with a powerful header but Napoli had the last laugh as substitute Diers Mertens finished the game off with a left footed strike in the 79th minute.

Elsewhere Inter Milan had to settle for a 1-1 draw with 10-man Carpi to leave them six points clear off the top and fourth on the grid, after Carpi’s Kevin Lasagna’s injury time equalizer at the San Siro cancelled out Rodrigo Palacio’s 39th minute goal.

Fiorentina jumped to third, level on points with Inter, after goals from Josip Illcic and Gonzalo Rodriguez secured a 2-0 victory at home to Torino. In other matches, Parlemo hammered Udinese 4-1, Genoa had to settle for a draw away to bottom side Hellas Verona, Lazio finished off Chievo Verona 4-1, while Sassuolo lost 2-0 at home to Bologna.

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