Home Football Serie A Title Race Wide Open After Last Gasp Napoli Win Over Juventus

Serie A Title Race Wide Open After Last Gasp Napoli Win Over Juventus

Napoli's French defender Kalidou Koulibaly scores a goal past Juventus' Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Napoli on April 22, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Though domestic league matters may be settled elsewhere in Europe, Italy’s title race is still on course to go down to the wire.

League leaders Juventus and second placed Napoli met on Sunday night at the Allianz Arena in Turin, with a win for the home side all but confirming their seventh straight Serie A title.

Juve’s domestic home form prior to tonight was encouraging – having gone undefeated at home since a 2-1 loss to Lazio in October. For their part, Napoli were 29 games unbeaten away in Serie A, and it proved to be the unstoppable force that prevailed over the immovable object in a tense 1-0 win for the away side.

Napoli got the better of the run of play, but were unable to take advantage until the 90th minute, where French defender Kalidou Koulibaly headed home a Jose Callejon corner amid raucous scenes.

The win leaves Napoli just one point behind Max Allegri’s side with four games remaining.

Of those four games, Juventus still have the likes of AC Milan, Roma and Inter Milan to play against, while Napoli mainly face comfortable mid-table teams with fleeting hopes of European football, such as Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

Game on.

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