Juventus v Napoli: 2-1, 1-1 win in Serie A

It has been a very entertaining game in Napoli’s 1-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League. 

Both teams are well-placed in the race for the top spot. 

Napoli have won four of their last five games, having already qualified for the Europa League group stages for the first time in the club’s history. 

Juventus, meanwhile, have only qualified for Europe once, in the 1998/99 season, but they have also beaten Barcelona, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. 

This was the first game in which Napoli were without their key striker and they ended up with three goals. 

However, the result was a bit of a letdown. 

In all, Juve only scored two goals in the first half. 

As well as that, the Italians lacked a clear gameplan. 

The home side were forced to play on the counterattack after the break and it was only by the second half that they managed to get on the end of the ball. 

Their first real opportunity came in the 13th minute when the centre-back Mario Balotelli sent a header wide from a corner, but Juve were then punished for a poor pass. 

It was not until the 23rd minute that Napoli finally took the lead. 

Luka Modric’s cross found the back of the net after an exquisite pass from Fabio Borini. 

But Juve did manage to hold on to a point. 

With the score level at 2-2, the scoreline remained 1-2 after the half-time break. 

After the break, it was Napoli who began to look more confident, but the Bianconeri were able to force a late equaliser. 

Mario Balotlli’s cross was met by Mario Mandzukic and the ball was deflected into the path of Mario Lemina, who headed home. 

“It was a good win, but we are always disappointed when we lose and it is difficult to be in this position,” Napoli coach Antonio Conte said. 

Milan are yet to concede a goal in Serie B this season and they have now drawn once against Roma and once against Juventus. 

Andriy Shevchenko was denied by a header from Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute. 

Battler had made it 3-1 when he found a space in the box and fired a low shot past the keeper from just inside the area. 

Toni Kroos’s second goal of the season came in a dramatic fashion in the 76th minute after his long-range strike hit the post. 

That goal saw him score his 11th of the campaign and the goalscorer is now just two away from becoming the first player in Italian football history to reach double figures in goals.