Soccer-Runaway leaders Napoli shut on title with last-gasp win at Juve


TURIN (Reuters) -A stoppage-time aim by ahead Giacomo Raspadori earned runaway leaders Napoli a 1-0 win at Juventus on Sunday that leaves them on the point of claiming their first Serie A title since 1990 after the hosts had two objectives dominated out following VAR critiques.

Raspadori got here off the bench to fireplace Napoli 17 factors clear on 78 factors and so they might declare their third Serie A championship subsequent weekend in the event that they beat Salernitana and second-placed Lazio fail to win at Inter Milan.

Juve, who returned to the highest 4 when a 15-point deduction over the membership’s switch dealings was scrapped on Thursday pending a brand new listening to, stay third on 59 factors, two behind second-placed Lazio who misplaced towards Torino on Saturday.

A goalless first half noticed defensive Juventus permitting Napoli to benefit from the lion’s share of possession, awaiting possibilities to counter-attack. The method didn’t end in many possibilities for both aspect and Juve managed solely three photographs on the right track.

Napoli’s first try of significance got here 5 minutes into the second half from winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia however keeper Wojciech Szczesny did properly to maintain his low strike out.

The sport sprung to life with 20 minutes left when Napoli got here near taking the lead by means of striker Victor Osimhen who fired inches large of the put up.

A minute later Osimhen related with a nook however headed the ball into the arms of Szczesny and shortly after this season’s Serie A high scorer despatched the ball narrowly over the bar.

Juve, clearly fired up, thought that they had taken the lead with a surprising solo effort by Angel Di Maria within the 82nd minute solely to see it cancelled out after a VAR examine for Arkadiusz Milik’s deal with on Napoli midfielder Stanislav Lobotka within the construct up.

Late substitute Dusan Vlahovic then discovered the online for Juve in added time however his effort was dominated out as properly as a result of the ball left the pitch earlier than Federico Chiesa’s cross.

Napoli then sealed their eighth away league win in a row by means of Raspadori, who beat Szczesny with a volley following a good looking lofted cross by midfielder Eljif Elmas.

“I congratulated the workforce as a result of they performed a very good recreation after (Tuesday’s) Champions League exit, which is at all times dramatic as a result of you will have quite a lot of ideas and also you carry some fatigue with you,” Spaletti informed DAZN.

“To do greater than that at this time was tough.”

Juventus have suffered their first three-game shedding streak in Serie A since 2011 after a 1-0 loss to Sassuolo noticed them fall to consecutive league defeats for the primary time this time period. They’re winless in 5 of their final six video games in all competitions.

“We performed a very good recreation towards a powerful Napoli,” stated Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“It wasn’t simple to spend 4 months in these situations, discovering the vitality and focus to get outcomes,” he added referring to their factors deduction that was imposed in January.

(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; Enhancing by Ken Ferris and Toby Davis)