Napoli, Koulibaly Beat Juventus to Open Up Serie A Championship Race

Annette Crawford
April 23, 2018

Six-time defending champions Juventus's lead at the top of the table has been cut to just one point with four games left.

Napoli kept their Serie A title hopes alive in the most dramatic fashion in Turin on Sunday, Kalidou Koulibaly powering home a match-winning header in stoppage time against Juventus to move his side within one point of the Bianconeri.

Juventus have 85 points from 34 games with Napoli, bidding for a third Scudetto after 1987 and 1990, on 84.

"Of course, it's very hard and fantastic to win here, it gives us enormous satisfaction but we have to remain lucid".

"The city fired us up over the last few days and when we see all those fans accompanying us to the airport, it makes us very happy", said Koulibaly. Napoli captain Marek Hamsik took to Instagram before the game to support the "give violence against women the red card" (#unrossoallaviolenza) initiative. If Napoli win, the title race is well and truly back on, but if Juve win, they will be nearly out of sight and be set to win a seventh consecutive Scudetto.

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This tense match-up threatened to reach boiling point, as Miralem Pjanic picked up the game's fourth booking of the match within 25 minutes, while sets of players from both sides had to be separated in an off-the-ball scuffle.

Koulibaly headed the victor off a corner in the final minute to give Napoli their first ever victory at the Allianz Stadium.

Napoli, meanwhile, seeking to win a first Scudetto since 1989-90, when they were inspired to a second title in four seasons by the great Diego Maradona, visit Fiorentina next weekend hopeful of seizing on any further slip-ups from the leaders.

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