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Summary

  1. Neville claims first La Liga win at 10th attempt
  2. FT: Valencia 2-1 Espanyol
  3. Juventus leapfrog Napoli with win
  4. Defending champions Juve top for the first time this season

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Gary Neville will sleep much better tonight. He's finally caught that pesky first La Liga win. 

Time for us to disappear - make sure you join us when we jet back over to mainland Europe again tomorrow. We'll have live coverage of Barcelona's home game against Celta Vigo from 19:00 GMT. Adios!

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Andy Dingley: Good to see Gary Nevile get a win with Valencia. Decent bloke. Will be a first rate manager in time. The haters are morons.

Khalid: Has Cheryshev 'done a Mark Robins' for Gary Neviile's career? 

Mark Jamaica: Why haven't British managers going abroad, taken British players with them? Gary Neville's doing it the hard way.

Reaction to Neville's first league win

FT: Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

Well done @GNev2. Prove the gloating, jealous, smug naysayers wrong... 👍🏻👍🏻👏👏👏

FULL-TIME

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

What an incredible end to #JuveNapoli! The Bianconeri have left the field but our fans are still in full voice... #ForzaJuve

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Juventus 1-0 Napoli

And here's why that dramatic Juventus win means so much...

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Mark Davies: Juve's strength in depth the key. Probably their fourth choice striker with what looks like the winner.

Prince Gyimah: I firmly believe what is happening to Napoli will also happen to Leicester at some point in the Premier League.

Shane Long: I cannot see Juventus losing top spot from here. Think Napoli could lose again against AC Milan next week. Mentally damaging.

FULL-TIME

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Celebratory scenes inside Juventus Stadium. The home players stand in a line, holding hands, running up to each end of the ground to huge cheers from their fans. They reckon a fourth straight Scudetto is more than a possibility now...

FULL-TIME

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Juventus players celebrate at full time
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All over! Massive win for Juventus, thanks to Simone Zaza's later winner.

Juventus go top of Serie A for the the first time this season with their 15th straight win.

Max Allegri's side were 11 points off the summit at the end of October. Wow...

INJURY TIME

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Three minutes of injury-time for Napoli to salvage a point...

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Looking at the replay, it appears that Simone Zaza's shot took a slight deflection off Raul Albiol. Not much of a touch, but enough to whip the ball away from Napoli keeper Pepe Reina.

The Juventus fans are bouncing up and down, cheering their team towards the finishing line. Juve set to go top at the expense of their visitors.

GOAL - Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Simone Zaza (88 mins)

Simone Zaza celebrates
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Here's our hero! Juve forward Simone Zaza might as well be wearing a Batman suit. The substitute slinks into position about 25 yards, letting fly with a left-foot drive. Crash! Bang! Pow!! Zaza has surely won this for Juventus.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Into the final five minutes. Is there time for someone, anyone, to be a hero?

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Paul Pogba sets off on one of those galloping runs that have become his trademark. The Juve midfielder hurdles a challenge and lets fly from 25 yards. But the sting is taken out by a couple of deflections, allowing Pepe Reina to comfortably gather.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Napoli are looking the likelier to nab a late winner. Jose Callejon flashes a rising drive over the Juve bar, Gianluigi Buffon was unmoved. Into the final 10 minutes now...

Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

Valencia had to do it the hard way by coming from behind to secure their first league win since early November.

And Espanyol are struggling to beat the drop. But this was a massive result for Neville, whose emotions in a tense finish showed how badly he needed it.

FULL-TIME

Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

He's done it. Gary Neville finally has a first La Liga win as Valencia boss at the 10th attempt.

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Paul Collins: Years ago, Sir Alex Ferguson was possibly one game from sack at United and went on to be a legend, same for Neville? 

Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

Four minutes of stoppage time, which will feel like hours for Neville. He's roaring at his players.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

All gone a little bit quiet again in Turin. Juve have been unable to gain any momentum from that Paulo Dybala chance a few moments ago. Napoli, who the draw suits remember, are looking pretty comfortable. Less than 20 minutes left.

Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

All eyes on the clock and Neville is only a couple of minutes plus stoppages from his first La Liga win.

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Richard: Daniele Rugani isn't inexperienced. In fact, he's a Premier League winner in my Football Manager 2016 MUFC team! 

Lovina Ironkwa: Gary Neville has seen that Coaching and punditry are two different things.Welcome to the real world.

Mark Haworth: Come on Valencia, win it for your manager.... Sick of the flack for Neville from clueless Man Utd haters. 

Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

This could be nervy. Valencia can't defend corners and they need Alves to bale them out with a fine save from a Gonzales volley.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Juventus' first proper sight of goal - and the chance falls at the feet of top scorer Paulo Dybala. The Argentine striker fizzes a fierce half volley inches over the Napoli bar after latching on to a smart ball by Paul Pogba. That's raised the noise level inside the Juventus Stadium...

SUBSTITUTION

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Juventus manager Max Allegri makes another change - this time through choice rather than circumstance. On comes Simone Zaza for Spain striker Alvaro Morata, who has barely had a sniff tonight. Just past the hour mark and it is still deadlock.

GOAL - Valencia 2-1 Espanyol

Denis Cheryshev (76 mins)

Denis Cheryshev celebrates
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Feghouli gets to the goalline and clips back a perfect cross for Cheryshev to throw himself at the ball and score his first Valencia goal with a diving header.

Neville looks unmoved but must be feeling it inside. Just over 10 minutes from his first league win.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Napoli haven't managed to test inexperienced Juve centre-back Daniele Rugani yet. Jorginho tries to scamper through the middle, but can't reach the return ball from Gonzalo Higuain.

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Scott Wilcox: Why all the surprise than Espanyol have scored? Looking at the form guide it was inevitable. 

Sandy MacKenzie: Gary Neville doing his best as a Louis van Gaal tribute act.

GOAL - Valencia 1-1 Espanyol

Alvaro Negredo (71mins)

Alvaro Negredo
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Negredo has given Valencia an added threat and he strikes to give Neville a lifeline.

His shot on the turn following a fine run from Cancelo took a deflection on its way into the bottom corner but it must have looked a classic from the Valencia bench.

SUBSTITUTION

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

This could be significant. Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci's time is up. The Italy centre-back trudges off with a knee injury, being replaced by 21-year-old Daniele Rugani. Ice pack straight on the knee.

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Lively start to the second half from Napoli. They're certainly feeling the benefit of their half-time glucose drinks. Lorenzo Insigne wriggles to the byline, poking towards the near post to force a block from Gianluigi Buffon. 

That was good. Then he shanks a 25-yard shot out for a throw-in. That's wasn't good.

Valencia 0-1 Espanyol

After eight successive away defeats in the league this would be a massive result for Espanyol.

That statistic won't do Neville any favours as the clock ticks on.

KICK-OFF

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

Both sets of players are heading back out of the tunnel. Juve top scorer Paulo Dybala and his Napoli counterpart Gonzalo Higuain - Argentina international colleagues of course - share a joke before kick-off. Perhaps they've just heard the Valencia score...

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Ross Parlett: That Cheryshev miss is going to cost Valencia & maybe Neville his job. 

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Valencia 0-1 Espanyol

Alvaro Negredo is on. Valencia and Neville need him as the supporters begin to get restless.

It should have been 2-0 but Espanyol miss another chance so all may not be lost with almost half an hour to go.

Valencia 0-1 Espanyol

For the tenth time in ten league games under Neville, Valencia are 1-0 down.

GOAL - Valencia 0-1 Espanyol

Oscar Duarte (52 mins)

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Eight minutes into the second half and Neville's side is behind  - again.

Duarte came up from a corner and powered home a header to leave the Valencia boss on the ropes.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Valencia 0-0 Espanyol

Valencia are inches away from going in front. Neville needs a change of luck and nearly got it as Cancelo's attempted cross hits the near post and Cheryshev volleys over from the rebound.

Stat attack

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

2 - Napoli have fired two shots in the first half, negative record for the Partenopei in the Serie A 2015/16. Chess. #JuveNapoli

HALF-TIME

Juventus 0-0 Napoli

That minute of stoppage-time passes by peacefully. Napoli go into the break, I would suggest, as the happiest of the two sides. Their two-point lead over Juve at the top of Serie A remains intact.