Ju­ven­tus strike late to beat Napoli

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

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 eight­match win­ning run ended.

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.

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