Fiji Time: 10:17 PM on Tuesday 6 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Napoli stuns Juventus

Dpa
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

MILAN - Goals by Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens handed Napoli a stunning 2-0 win over champions Juventus and sparked some life into the Serie A title race yesterday.

Juventus had seen their 14-point lead cut back earlier in the day when Roma, in second with a game in hand, prevailed 2-0 at struggling Sassuolo.

Napoli came flying out the blocks and at the tail end of a dominant first half Callejon broke the deadlock in the 37th minute.

The pace slowed after the break but moments after replacing Marek Hamsik, Mertens made the most of Goran Pandev's delivery to beat Gianluigi Buffon with a crisp drive from the edge of the area and condemn Juventus to just their second league defeat of the season.

Juve now lead Roma by 11 points with Napoli, who have been chasing the second automatic Champions League qualifying spot, still third but six points behind Roma and 12 ahead of Fiorentina.

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez told Sky Sport Italia: "There's always little things we can improve on but on the whole we played really well, although I'd like to see this kind of concentration against the smaller teams as well.

"But the key to victory was ball possession. For Juve it was difficult to get back up the field without having the ball, although maintaining this kind of intensity over the whole season isn't easy."

Juve suffered their only other reverse in a 4-2 defeat away to Fiorentina in October.

Coach Antonio Conte said his side's Europa League commitments had perhaps made the difference.

"We didn't play well in the first half, although we improved somewhat in the second," Conte said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64410.6251
JPY 55.581352.5813
GBP 0.37970.3717
EUR 0.45440.4424
NZD 0.68650.6535
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48650.4695

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Soko's message
  2. Fiji's Year 10 results out
  3. Fiji deports US citizen
  4. Amnesty highlights torture cases
  5. Torture 'failure'
  6. Three-way crash kills 1
  7. Miss Fiji preps for top model audition
  8. Fiu sets Fiji Bati target
  9. Take heed, say parties
  10. 'Significant'

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Shes Dunn it again! Friday (02 Dec)
  3. Report on Rosi Thursday (01 Dec)
  4. Call to be prepared for cyclone season Friday (02 Dec)
  5. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  6. Teachers raise concerns Thursday (01 Dec)
  7. Rotuma Bill opposed Thursday (01 Dec)
  8. Doctors reveal, heavy grog swipers require more drugs for surgery Saturday (03 Dec)
  9. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy Monday (05 Dec)
  10. Website probe Wednesday (30 Nov)