Juventus Reclaims Top Spot with Sharp Win over Napoli.
Juventus exhibited a proficient performance, reclaiming the provisional top spot in Serie A with a 1-0 home victory against Napoli on Friday. Federico Gatti sealed the win with a well-executed header, capitalizing on an Andrea Cambiaso cross at the back post early in the second half.
Despite Napoli having numerous opportunities, including a significant miss by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Juventus’ goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny made crucial saves to thwart the visitors’ scoring attempts.
With 36 points, Juventus now leads the Serie A standings, narrowly edging past Inter Milan by one point. Inter Milan is set to face Udinese on Saturday.
For Napoli, the match accentuated their ongoing struggles, marking three consecutive defeats across all competitions under Walter Mazzarri’s management. Currently sitting in fifth place with 24 points, Napoli faced challenges in converting their early chances into goals, with Szczesny making key saves, including a goal-line denial against Giovanni Di Lorenzo and thwarting Matteo Politano’s attempt.
Juve’s best opportunity in the first half came when Dusan Vlahovic’s close-range shot was blocked by Natan, and Weston McKennie’s follow-up overhead kick was stopped by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.
In the lead-up to halftime, Kvaratskhelia had a clear chance but sent the ball over the bar, relieving the home fans and frustrating Mazzarri. Napoli’s struggles continued as Di Lorenzo’s powerful close-range shot was denied by Szczesny’s exceptional diving save.
Following Gatti’s goal, Napoli’s momentum waned, and they struggled to create scoring opportunities or mount an effective offensive. Although Osimhen put the ball into the net, the goal was disallowed due to an offside call after Szczesny’s pass was intercepted and knocked back to the Nigerian.