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Serie A match report Juventus v Napoli 22 April 2018

Serie A match report Juventus v Napoli 22 April 2018”

"I replied to a group of people who were spitting at the bus and insulting us for being Neapolitan", said Sarri after Napoli kept the Serie A title race alive with a 1-0 win over Juventus in Turin.

Napoli dominated play but failed to create clear chances until centre-back Koulibaly powered home Jose Callejon's corner in the last minute.

Sunday's defeat put Napoli a point behind Juve with four games to go.

However, Miralem Pjanic hit the post in the first half with a deflected free-kick.

Seven minutes into the second half, Napoli went close to taking the lead with Marek Hamsik firing into the side-netting with a powerful low strike.

Football legend Diego Maradona has praised Kalidou Koulibaly for his decisive effort in Napoli's 1-0 victory over Juventus.

The Napoli bus, which contained both playing and managing staff, was barracked by opposition fans as they approached the stadium, but Maurizio Sarri was in a defiant mood. We did what we could and come the end it looked like we would have to draw.

"It was not the ideal match but it was a great match: we did not concede anything to Juventus and the victory was a logical effect of this attitude", said Sarri. Juventus are a really strong team but we showed we are up to the challenge.

The Bianconeri will also face AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final on May 9.

It remains to be seen who has the last laugh.

Crotone are 17th with 31 points, one place outside the relegation zone, and are 14 ahead of Benevento who can not catch them.

Juventus lost Giorgio Chiellini to injury and his absence could be crucial over the next four games.

The 33-year-old gritted his teeth and tried to play on but was forced off ten minuets later with a knee problem.

"It's true that Napoli is favourite because of the schedule but matches have to be won", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Tests performed the following day confirmed a tear of the biceps femoris muscle in his knee.



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