Napoli beat Juventus to throw title race wide open
Second-placed Napoli threw the Serie A title race open in dramatic style when Kalidou Koulibaly scored with a towering header in the last minute to give them a 1-0 win at leaders Juventus. Napoli cut the gap between themselves and the Turin side to one point with four matches to play, setting up a dramatic finale to the Serie A season.
Juventus, chasing a seventh successive title, still face difficult matches away to Inter Milan and AS Roma.
Napoli dominated the match but seemed to have run out of ideas and energy until the final minute when Jose Callejon’s outswinging corner was met by the Senegal international.
In Spain, Atletico Madrid failed to break down Real Betis in a 0-0 draw which further reduced their slim chances of catching Barcelona at the top of La Liga, while Las Palmas were relegated after a crushing 4-0 home defeat by Alaves.
Diego Simeone’s Atletico moved 11 points behind Barcelona with four games remaining and the unbeaten leaders need one more point to win the title.
In the Canary Islands, Munir El Haddadi struck twice with Alvaro Medran and Ruben Sobrino also netting as four second-half goals from Alaves consigned Las Palmas to relegation in a mostly-empty stadium.
On Saturday, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 to win the King’s Cup final for the fourth consecutive season.
Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half for the Catalans as they won the competition for a record 30th time, but it was Iniesta and Messi who pulled all the strings as Barca blew away Vincenzo Montella’s stunned side. Philippe Coutinho set up Suarez for the opening goal in the 14th minute and Barcelona dominated the rest of the game.
Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly scores the winner against Juventus.