Serie A: Napoli v Juventus

Runaway Italian league leaders Juventus lose to Rafa Benitez's Napoli in Sunday's Serie A match.

30 March 2014 Last updated at 18:30 GMT

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  1. 21:58: 
    Napoli 2-0 Juventus

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    Tuesday: Barcelona v Atletico Madrid and Man Utd v Bayern Munich

    Wednesday: PSG v Chelsea and Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

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    Thanks for reading.

  2. 21:53: 
    Napoli 2-0 Juventus

    That's a little bit harsh Rabin. I mean Juve still lead Serie A by 11 points from second-placed Roma. That's a lot of points.

    With that win third-placed Napoli close the gap on their Roman rivals to six, although the Giallorossi have a game in hand over the Naples and Turin clubs.

  3. 21:50: 
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    Rabin Acharya: Conte is supremely overrated.

  4. 21:49: 
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    Paul Thompson: Rafa Benitez has to be one of the most under-appreciated & under-valued managers in Europe. He's doing a decent job in Naples.

    FULL-TIME- Napoli 2-0 Juventus

    That's it football fans. Juventus lose for the second time in the league this season. This was the first time Juventus have failed to score in 43 league matches. Forty-three matches!

  6. 21:43: 
    YELLOW CARD- Napoli 2-0 Juventus Juve's Chile striker Arturo Vidal is not only is judged to have dived, but is booked and misses the next match through suspension. Triple whammy.

  7. 21:40: 
    STOPPAGE TIME- Napoli 2-0 Juventus

    There are six minutes of stoppage time.

  8. 21:37: 

    Infostrada: Dries Mertens is the 1st Belgian player to score against Juventus in Serie A in this century.

    Stat of the night?

  9. 21:36: 
    Napoli 2-0 Juventus

    Napoli goalscorer Dries Mertens goes down clutching his face after a collision with Giorgio Chiellini. It looked innocuous. The TV replay shows boot met face. Painful.

  10. 21:30: 
    GOAL- Napoli 2-0 Juventus - Dries Mertens (81 mins)
    Napoli's Belgian forward Dries Mertens (left) celebrates with team-mate Napoli's Spanish forward Jose Maria Callejon

    Subs - great aren't they? Goran Pandev plays a delightful pass into Dries Mertens in the area, who wriggles free of his markers and fires a low angled drive past Gianluigi Buffon. The Belgian has barely had time to muddy his boots.

  11. 21:29: 

    Marek Hamsik, who worked tirelessly, is replaced by Dries Mertens.

  12. 21:28: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    What a tackle. Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam makes a cracking block to prevent Mirko Vucinic from shooting from six yards, while at the other end Marek Hamsik drives to the edge of the area but his low shot is saved low by Gianluigi Buffon.

  13. 21:24: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Goran Pandev replaces Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain, while Dani Osvaldo is replaced by Mirko Vucinic. One of those forwards was more effective than the other. I'll leave you to work out which is which.

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    Rishi Verma: Conte's intense approach in training as well as match play is taking its toll, and are now crawling towards the Serie A title.

  15. 21:16: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    This Fernando Llorente-Dani Osvaldo partnership isn't working for Juve. They've hardly had a sniff in this half. Actually, are they even on the pitch?

  16. 21:11: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Juventus's French midfielder Paul Pogba, who hasn't had the best of games, is replaced by Claudio Marchisio.

  17. 21:09: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Gianluigi Buffon has already pulled off some great saves in this match, and he produces another - this time from Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam's free-kick, which he pushes wide.

  18. 21:08: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Is it a pen? No. Just. Marek Hamsik makes a dart for the area but is brought down by Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci on the edge of the area. The Slovak does that thing of ensuring he falls in the area. Free-kick.

  19. 21:06: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Juve's Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his hand fully operational, fires a low tame shot that is easily saved by Pepe Reina. Juve then win a corner that comes to nothing. Not quite clicking today is it?

  20. 21:02: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Juve make a sub - Kwadwo Asamoah comes off and is replaced by Chile's right-winger Mauricio Isla.

  21. 20:59: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Juve's Stephan Lichtsteiner is getting treatment on the sidelines after falling on his hand. It looked as if something was popped back in. Eww. He's alright though. Those hardy Swiss types.

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    Tom Kruse: Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik have been running rings around Juve that is what you do to catch Juve out.

  23. 20:54: 
    KICK-OFF- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    We are back under way.

  24. 20:52: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    The teams are coming out for the second half. It's been 13 years since Juve have won at the San Paolo. They have a tough task to break that run.

  25. 20:49:  
    Italian Serie ASUNDAY'S RESULTS

    Sassuolo 0-2 Roma

    Lazio 3-2 Parma

    Sampdoria 0-0 Fiorentina

    Torino 2-1 Cagliari

    Verona 3-0 Genoa

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    What did you make of that? Juve haven't been all there in Naples. Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik are running the show in the middle, while Juve's defence aren't picking up Jose Callejon.

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  27. 20:37: 
    HALF-TIME- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    That's that. Take a break. Time to have a quick look at those Tim Sherwood rumours.

  28. 20:36: 
    INJURY TIME- Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    We're into stoppage time. Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain falls over under the challenge of Giorgio Chiellini inside the area. Referee Daniele Orsato seems unmoved.

  29. 20:34: 
    Napoli 1-0 Juventus

    Juve, by way, beat Napoli 3-0 in the fixture in Turin earlier this season. It's a very different story today. Also, Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini seemed to be furious on the touchline that he wasn't allowed back on the pitch before the goal was scored.

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    Umar Aslam: If Juve win today, they'll have double the number of points as AC Milan have... #howthemightyhavefallen

    They haven't made the greatest of starts

  31. 20:26: 
    GOAL- Napoli 1-0 Juventus - Jose Callejon (37 mins)
    Jose Callejon

    Third time lucky for Jose Callejon. The Spaniard times his run to perfection in order to convert Lorenzo Insigne drifter into the area from five yards or so. That was his 17th this campaign. Decent.

  32. 20:25: 
    YELLOW CARD- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler goes in the book for a foul on Giorgio Chiellini.

  33. 20:23: 
    CLOSE!- Napoli 0-0 Juventus
    Juventus striker Fernando Llorente

    Spain and Juve striker Fernando Llorente only just fails to connect head to Stephan Lichsteiner's cross from the right.

  34. 20:20: 
    GOOD SAVE!- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve's keeper Gianluigi Buffon makes another decent save from Jose Callejon, who tests him this time with a first-time low drive after speeding into the area like... somebody very fast.

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    Naveed Afzal: Mourinho every day of the week. He has won major honours with every club. Benitez was sacked after a few months at Inter.

    JD Wyeth i verda: Rafa putting that childish little sulk in his place. Love it.

  36. 20:16: 
    OK SAVE!- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve's Stephan Lichtsteiner forces a comfortable-ish low save from Pepe Reina after good work by Dani Osvaldo inside the area.

  37. 20:14: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve win a free-kick after Paul Pogba is fouled. Andrea Pirlo steps up but dinks his free-kick into the arms of Pepe Reina. That wasn't clever.

  38. 20:12: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve coach Antonio Conte and Napoli counterpart Rafa Benitez are having a heated discussion about something on the sides. Perhaps it's about the quality of their suits. Both look quite snappy tonight.

  39. 20:09: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    It comes to nothing. That was like going up on Blackpool's Big One, then stopping and returning to the start.

  40. 20:08: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Napoli are back on the attack again. They've strung about 20 passes together - this move looks dangerous.

  41. 20:04: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve are a tad bit scrappy at the moment. Andrea Pirlo gives the ball away sloppily - the great man needs to look at himself there. A long hard look.

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    Martyn Schlaefli: I prefer Mourinho, Rafa's unwillingness to make tactical changes until it was too late frustrated me last year.

  43. 20:00: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    It's save o'clock at the moment. Juve's Gianluigi Buffon slaps Marek Hamsik's flicked shot over the bar.

  44. 19:58: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    What a superb save! Gianluigi Buffon dives brilliantly to block Jose Callejon's shot and then Marek Hamsik slots in after Gonzalo Higuain's effort is parried. Unfortunately for the Napoli man, he was ruled to be in an offside position. No debate, he was offside.

    And breathe.

  45. 19:55: 
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    Dave Payn: When it comes to wars of words, Benitez has the measure of Mourinho.


  46. 19:54: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Vidal is back on the field, although he isn't moving too freely yet. Panic over.

  47. 19:53: 
    Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    Juve's Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has gone down. It seems like he's done something to his knee. Nobody was around him at the time. It's not good news for the Turin side or his national team.

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    Fede Prave: Mourinho, He manages to squeeze every ounce of sweat and work rate from his teams. Not always pretty, but awfully effective.

    1-0 to Mourinho. See 19:43 entry.

  49. 19:49: 
    KICK-OFF- Napoli 0-0 Juventus

    And we are off.

  50. 19:48: 
    Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    We're four minutes late in Naples. But they'll kick off soon.

  51. 19:46: 
    Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    The teams have walked on to the pitch. It's not fully packed at the Stadio San Paolo, although it could be that some are polishing off the pre-match pasties.

  52. 19:43: 
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    Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho continued their feud this week.

    Mourinho said Chelsea didn't have a good campaign under Benitez last season, despite winning the Europa League and finishing third.

    Benitez responded with: "Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about the facts. At Liverpool we eliminated his Chelsea from the Champions League with a team that cost half as much as his side."

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  53. 19:40: 
    LINE-UPS- Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    Napoli XI: Reina, Henrique, Fernandez, Albiol, Ghoulam, Inler, Jorginho, Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon, Higuain

    Juventus XI: Buffon, Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah, Osvaldo, Llorente

  54. 19:38: 
    NO TEVEZ- Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    There is no Carlos Tevez for Juventus. The league's top scorer, with 18, is suspended for one match.

    Who replaces him? None other than Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo, who is on loan at the Turin club. So Osvaldo will play alongside Fernando Llorente in attack.

    For Napoli, Gonzalo Higuain returns to their attack, while Raul Albiol and Gokhan Inler are also in the starting XI.

  55. 19:36: 
    NAPOLI'S HOPE- Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)
    Rafa Benitez

    As for Napoli, they have lost only once in their last eight Serie A matches.

    Although, Juventus are out of sight, second-placed Roma, who are nine points clear following Saturday's 2-0 win over Sassuolo, are just about in sight.

    "Our target continues to be Roma, but it depends on them too," said Napoli's Spanish coach Rafa Benitez.

    "We will try to give our all and we can close the season brilliantly. We should have confidence because there are still 24 points available."

    The top three teams from this season's Serie A qualify for the Champions League, although the top two qualify automatically for the group stages.

  56. 19:32: 
    JUVE IN THE GROOVE- Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)
    Antonio Conte

    If Juventus win tonight then they would need just four more wins to guarantee the title, although it could of course come sooner if second-placed Roma slip up.

    "We are taking important steps forward,'' coach Antonio Conte said after the 2-1 win against Parma in midweek

    "We're on seven successive wins and I don't have any more words with which to praise the boys.

    "Many of them have played eight consecutive matches and they are giving their maximum even if I don't have the chance to let them breathe again.

    "They are incredible and they manage to surprise even me. We have got 81 points, despite playing every three days, despite a lot of injuries and tiredness.''

    A Europa League quarter-final first leg tie at Lyon awaits them on Thursday. There's no respite for the bianconeri, but when you're winning...

  57. 19:30:  
    Italian Serie ABELIEVE- Napoli v Juventus (19:45 BST)
    Justin Bieber

    Do you remember when Juventus last lost in Serie A?*

    It was a time when we were told an asteroid might hit the planet in 2032, when Justin Bieber was an innocent specimen of candy pop and when Manchester United were eighth in the Premier League.

    They are now seventh, while Juve have risen from five points off the pace to being 11 points clear at the top of Serie A. It's a very, very different world (although the asteroid is still on course).

    Antonio Conte's mighty men are at third-placed Napoli today. Rafa Benitez's side were one of the pre-season title favourites having spent a small fortune in the summer, but instead they find themselves 20 points behind their opponents and out of Europe.

    They'll fancy their chances at home against the champions-to-be though. As Bieber would say, "Hold Tight" live text commentary coming up.

    *20 October 2013, 4-2 defeat at Fiorentina - Juve's only league defeat thus far

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League Table

Italian Serie A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Juventus 28 41 67
No movement 2 Roma 28 18 53
No movement 3 Lazio 28 24 52
No movement 4 Sampdoria 28 9 48
No movement 5 Napoli 28 11 47
No movement 6 Fiorentina 28 10 46
No movement 7 Torino 28 2 39
No movement 8 Milan 28 6 38
No movement 9 Genoa 27 4 37
No movement 10 Inter Milan 28 6 37
No movement 11 Palermo 28 -3 35
No movement 12 Udinese 27 -5 33
No movement 13 Empoli 28 0 33
No movement 14 Sassuolo 28 -9 32
No movement 15 Chievo 28 -9 32
No movement 16 Verona 28 -15 32
No movement 17 Atalanta 28 -15 26
No movement 18 Cagliari 28 -19 21
No movement 19 Cesena 28 -24 21
No movement 20 Parma 26 -32 9

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