Late Raspadori strike earns Napoli home win over Juventus

Substitute Giacomo Raspadori scored an 88th-minute winner as champions Napoli beat visitors Juventus 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday to secure their first back-to-back wins in five months and edge closer to the European qualification places.

Napoli moved up to seventh in the standings on 43 points, three points behind sixth-placed Atalanta, who lost 2-1 at home to Bologna earlier on Sunday, and four adrift of AS Roma in fifth.

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Juventus remained second with 57 points after 27 games as their cushion over third-placed AC Milan narrowed to a point. They are 12 points off leaders Inter Milan, who host Genoa on Monday.

Napoli, who on Wednesday demolished Sassuolo 6-1 to celebrate their first win under new coach Francesco Calzona, won consecutive league games for the first time since they beat Udinese and Lecce in September.

Dusan Vlahovic should have given Juventus an early lead from Federico Chiesa's lofted pass across the face of the goal but the Serb's header went narrowly wide.

The hosts, who had more than 70% possession throughout the game, responded with a golden chance in the 24th minute but Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck over the bar.

Giacomo Raspadori of Napoli celebrates after scoring against Juventus in Serie A.
Giacomo Raspadori of Napoli celebrates after scoring against Juventus in Serie A.
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Vlahovic then hit the far post after chipping Napoli keeper Alex Meret from a tight angle and Juve's Wojciech Szczesny denied winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia following a solo run.

Kvaratskhelia eventually put Napoli in front three minutes before half-time with a powerful volley that beat Szczesny at his near post before Chiesa levelled for Juventus in the 81st minute, driving the ball low into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Napoli won a penalty in the dying minutes when Victor Osimhen was taken down inside the area and Szczesny did well to deny the Nigerian striker from the spot.

However, Raspadori wrapped up the points for the hosts two minutes from time, firing home the rebound into the roof of the net from close range.

Napoli next host mid-table Torino on Friday while Juventus, who beat Frosinone 3-2last weekend for their first Serie A win in five games, take on Atalanta next Sunday.