Higuaín fires Ju­ven­tus to 2-1 win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

Ju­ven­tus’ Gon­zalo Higuaín cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the win­ner in a Serie A match against Napoli at the Turin Ju­ven­tus Sta­dium, Italy, yes­ter­day. Ju­ven­tus won 2-1. TURIN, Italy (AP): GON­ZALO HIGUAÍN scored a record 36 league goals for Napoli last sea­son, and yes­ter­day he scored his first goal against them, help­ing Ju­ven­tus to a 2-1 win over his for­mer team.

Higuaín net­ted what was to prove the win­ner in the 70th minute, burst­ing into the area to fire a loose ball into the bot­tom right cor­ner. He was en­gulfed by his team­mates, but didn’t cel­e­brate.

“I told him he’d score be­fore the match. I was good in read­ing the fu­ture,” fel­low goalscorer Leonardo Bonucci, said. “Luck­ily, this year, he plays for us and de­cides these kinds of matches.”

Af­ter a tense first half, Ju­ven­tus broke the dead­lock in the 50th when Napoli failed to de­fend a Mi­ralem Pjanic cor­ner, and Bonucci volleyed in from close range.

Its lead lasted just four min­utes be­fore José Calle­jón beat the off­side trap to vol­ley in Lorenzo In­signe’s pass to the far post.

Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus moved five points clear of sec­ond-place Roma, who vis­its Em­poli to­day. Napoli re­mained fourth, seven points be­hind the five-time reign­ing cham­pi­ons.

“If we had drawn, Roma prob­a­bly would have moved level with us to­mor­row,” Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri said. “But now Roma can’t catch us to­mor­row, and Napoli are seven points be­low us.”

Ten­sion be­tween the sides in­creased in the off-sea­son when Higuaín moved to Ju­ven­tus for an Ital­ian record fee of US$99 mil­lion af­ter break­ing a 66-yearold Serie A goalscor­ing record.

It threat­ened to boil over to­ward the end of the first half when a row broke out over a set play as Napoli goal­keeper Pepe Reina ap­peared to push Ju­ven­tus for­ward Mario Mandzu­kic, but ref­eree Gian­luca Roc­chi calmed the sit­u­a­tion.

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