Italian Serie A
Juventus1Napoli0

Juventus 1-0 Napoli

Juventus forward Simone Zaza
Zaza's winner was only his fourth Serie A goal of the season

Defending champions Juventus moved top of Serie A for the first time this season as Simone Zaza's late strike saw off previous leaders Napoli in Turin.

Napoli looked set to maintain their two-point lead until substitute Zaza's deflected 18-yard shot flew past away keeper Pepe Reina.

Juve, who are bidding for a fifth straight Scudetto, have now won 15 successive league games.

Napoli barely tested Gianluigi Buffon as their eight-match winning run ended.

Relive Juve's dramatic win over their Serie A title rivals

The visitors came closest to threatening when Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci's vital interception stopped Serie A's top scorer Gonzalo Higuain from making contact with a dangerous right-wing cross.

Argentina international Higuain had scored 24 goals in his previous 24 league matches, helping Napoli become the league's most prolific attack.

But, despite playing confidently and refusing to sit back, the visitors could not break down a Juventus defence that has only conceded 15 goals this season.

Zaza was introduced for Spain striker Alvaro Morata shortly before the hour mark, eventually making the decisive impact to spark joyous celebrations among the home players and supporters.

"I hope it's a decisive goal as far as the title race is concerned," said 24-year-old Italy international Zaza. "The good thing is it's now in our hands."

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 19BonucciSubstituted forRuganiat 52'minutes
  • 15Barzagli
  • 33Evra
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 6Khedira
  • 8MarchisioBooked at 86mins
  • 10PogbaBooked at 67mins
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forLobo Silvaat 86'minutes
  • 9MorataSubstituted forZazaat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 20Padoin
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 27Sturaro
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 39Favilli
  • 46Romagna

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 5Marques LoureiroSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 90'minutes
  • 8Jorginho
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7CallejónBooked at 63mins
  • 9Higuaín
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 18Regini
  • 19López Silva
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 94Chalobah
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
41,305

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 1, Napoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Napoli 0.

Booking

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Foul by Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Allan.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 1, Napoli 0. Simone Zaza (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Alex Sandro replaces Paulo Dybala.

Booking

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simone Zaza.

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Simone Zaza (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Allan.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Juventus. Gianluigi Buffon tries a through ball, but Simone Zaza is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Offside, Napoli. Jorginho tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

Booking

Paul Pogba (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli).

Andrea Barzagli (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Allan (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Juventus).

Booking

José Callejón (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by José Callejón (Napoli).

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Simone Zaza replaces Álvaro Morata because of an injury.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 13th February 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus25183446153157
2Napoli25175353203356
3Roma25138447272047
4Fiorentina24144642231946
5Inter Milan24136530201045
6AC Milan2411763526940
7Lazio2510693434036
8Sassuolo2581162929035
9Empoli259793034-434
10Chievo2587103033-331
11Bologna2493122831-330
12Torino2477103032-228
13Atalanta2477102327-428
14Udinese2476112137-1627
15Palermo2475122639-1326
16Genoa2467112428-425
17Sampdoria2466123643-724
18Frosinone2564152651-2522
19Carpi2547142343-2019
20Hellas Verona25112122142-2115
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