Italian Serie A
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Serie A: Juventus move up to second after Napoli win

Juventus beat Napoli to move up to second in Serie A

Juventus moved up to second in Serie A and within a point of leaders Roma with victory at home to Napoli.

The visitors had started the day in second but were behind after just two minutes through Fernando Llorente's header.

Andrea Pirlo curled in a stunning second-half free kick, before Paul Pogba's volley made the win safe.

Angelo Ogbonna was sent off for Juventus late on when he was shown his second yellow for a reckless challenge.

It was a dominant display from the defending champions, who have now won 10 of their 12 league games this season.

Further good news for the Turin side was that leaders Roma could only draw against Sassuolo earlier on Sunday. They have now picked up just two points from their last two games.

Roma's defeat meant both Juventus and Napoli knew victory would be a real boost to their title ambitions.

But the visitors' hopes were dashed two minutes in when Llorente tapped in after good work by Carlos Tevez.

Napoli were struggling to find their rhythm and barely threatened the hosts - a fact highlighted by the half-time statistics which showed they had only managed one shot on target.

It was their goalkeeper Pepe Reina who prevented Juventus from taking a bigger lead into the break, as he kept out efforts from Tevez and Llorente.

Napoli improved slightly after the restart and forced home keeper Gianluigi Buffon into his first real save when he palmed away Lorenzo Insigne's curled free-kick.

Reina again kept out Juventus as he first denied Arturo Vidal with a shot from distance before stopping Tevez's follow up.

But there was nothing he could do when Juventus doubled their advantage with 16 minutes remaining.

Napoli gave away a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Pirlo stepped up to curl a trademark set-piece superbly over the wall and beyond the dive of Reina.

Minutes later an equally stunning goal wrapped up the win as Pogba flicked a square pass into the air before volleying into the back of the net.

Defender Ogbonna took some of the shine off the win when he was shown a second yellow card for a needless foul in the closing stages.

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 33Isla
  • 22Asamoah
  • 5OgbonnaBooked at 83mins
  • 19BonucciBooked at 51mins
  • 15Barzagli
  • 23VidalBooked at 72minsSubstituted forMarchisioat 86'minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 10TévezSubstituted forPelusoat 84'minutes
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forQuagliarellaat 88'minutes
  • 21Pirlo

Substitutes

  • 8Marchisio
  • 11De Ceglie
  • 12Giovinco
  • 13Peluso
  • 16Motta
  • 20Padoin
  • 27Quagliarella
  • 30Storari
  • 34Rubinho

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 11Maggio
  • 27Armero
  • 85Behrami
  • 21Fernández
  • 33Albiol
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forMertensat 71'minutes
  • 88InlerSubstituted forZapataat 79'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 17HamsikBooked at 61mins
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Uvini
  • 5Britos
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Colombo
  • 19Pandev
  • 20Dzemaili
  • 22Radosevic
  • 28Cannavaro
  • 91Zapata
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 3, Napoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 3, Napoli 0.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Kwadwo Asamoah.

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Attempt saved. Federico Fernández (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a cross.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mauricio Isla.

Attempt missed. Federico Fernández (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Raúl Albiol.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Fabio Quagliarella replaces Fernando Llorente.

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Albiol.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Claudio Marchisio replaces Arturo Vidal because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Federico Peluso replaces Carlos Tévez.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) for a bad foul.

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus).

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 3, Napoli 0. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Arturo Vidal.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Duván Zapata replaces Gökhan Inler.

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).

Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).

Offside, Napoli. Pablo Armero tries a through ball, but Lorenzo Insigne is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 2, Napoli 0. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marek Hamsik (Napoli).

Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Arturo Vidal (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pablo Armero (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces José Callejón.

Foul by Gökhan Inler (Napoli).

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Valon Behrami (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Juventus).

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Carlos Tévez with a through ball.

Pablo Armero (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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