Juventus Extend Lead at Top after Dramatic Win over Napoli

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Juventus Extend Lead at Top after Dramatic Win over Napoli

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 16 points with a dramatic 2-1 victory over nearest rivals Napoli in an action-packed clash at the Stadio Sao Paolo.

Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 16 points with a dramatic 2-1 victory over nearest rivals Napoli in an action-packed clash at the Stadio Sao Paolo.

Alex Meret's red card midway through the first half was a blow for Napoli, with leading scorer Arkadiusz Milik making way so that back-up goalkeeper David Ospina could come on. Ospina's first task was to pick the ball out of his net after Miralem Pjanic scored from the resulting free-kick.

Emre Can headed Juventus into a two-goal lead before half-time but Pjanic was sent off early in the second half giving a glimmer of hope to Napoli, who dominated the game thereafter.

Jose Callejon reduced the deficit after 61 minutes and Carlo Ancelotti's team were given the opportunity to equalise and preserve their unbeaten home record this season with seven minutes remaining when they were awarded a penalty.

However, Lorenzo Insigne's spot-kick hit a post and rolled across the face of the goal and to safety.

Napoli's chance had gone and Juventus held on to set a club record of 26 away games unbeaten in Serie A, surpassing their previous best set between September 2011 and November 2012.

Torino's recent good form continued with a 3-0 home win against bottom club Chievo. The hosts had to wait until the 76th minute before Andrea Belotti broke the deadlock while Tomas Rincon and Simone Zaza struck in injury time to add some gloss to the scoreline.

It was a fourth victory in an unbeaten run of six matches for Torino which saw them join sixth-placed Lazio on 41 points.

Atalanta are right behind Walter Mazzarri's side after scoring three against Fiorentina for the second time this week, winning 3-1 in Bergamo.

The two teams contested a 3-3 draw in the Coppa Italia in midweek and efforts from Josip Ilicic, Alejandro Gomez and Robin Gosens saw Atalanta hit three again, after Luis Muriel's early strike had put Fiorentina ahead.

A couple of early goals from Fabio Quagliarella set Sampdoria on their way to a 2-1 success at SPAL, who pulled a goal back in injury time through Jasmin Kurtic before having Thiago Cionek sent off.

Udinese were also 2-1 winners on Sunday, with Rodrigo de Paul, from the penalty spot, and Ignacio Pussetto on target either side of Rodrigo Palacio's equaliser for Bologna, who remain in the relegation places.

Frosinone earned a point in their fight against the drop as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Genoa after having Francesco Cassata sent off in the 34th minute.

Source: Skysport