Napoli throw Serie A race wide open

Clyde Nash
April 24, 2018

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.

Napoli dominated the match but seemed to have run out of ideas and energy until the final minute when Jose Callejon's outswinging corner was met by Senegal worldwide Koulibaly with a monstrous header which left Gianlugi Buffon helpless.

Kalidou Koulibaly's 89th-minute victor moved Napoli to within one point of the leaders with four games to go, and understandably, the rest of the Juventus team headed down the tunnel in obvious disappointment.

Napoli, meanwhile, enters Sunday in second place in the table with 81 points from 33 games and is hoping to end Juventus's six-year run atop the league.

With full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner introduced and Benedikt Howedes shifting to centre-back, Juve went close for the first time in the 17th minute, Miralem Pjanic's deflected free-kick wrongfooting Pepe Reina and striking the far post, leaving the Napoli goalkeeper stranded.

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Napoli are only a point behind Juve after their 1-0 win.

"Napoli did what they had to, they held the ball, and they deserve credit for their victory".

"We prepared very well for the match and trained so that we would play a ideal game".

Napoli's team bus was surrounded by Juventus fans as it made its way to the Allianz Stadium, but Sarri was in no mood to be intimidated.

"Winning here was practically mission impossible, we can be happy because we have played against a great team which hasn't lost at home for so long", Koulibaly said.

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Davide Faraoni scored in the 86th minute to give Crotone a 2-1 win at Udinese, who slumped to a remarkable 11th consecutive league defeat.

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

Napoli travels to Turin to face Juventus on Sunday in a huge Serie A match.

The Serie A leaders suffered a blow after just 11 minutes this week when Giorgio Chiellini was forced off with injury.

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