Juventus close in on eighth straight Scudetto after win over Napoli

Juventus beat Napoli in high-octane clash as both reduced to ten men

Juventus beat Napoli in high-octane clash as both reduced to ten men

Juve took a giant step towards an eighth successive Scudetto by moving 16 points clear thanks to Sunday's 2-1 win at Napoli.

Ospina's first task was to pick the ball out of his net after Miralem Pjanic scored from the resulting free-kick. The move proved futile, as Pjanic drove the resultant freekick into the net successfully, giving Juventus the lead.

As the pressure grew, the hosts were awarded a penalty in the 82nd minute for handball against Alex Sandro, a decision awarded after a VAR review, but Insigne fired the spot-kick against the inside of the post.

Italian outlet CalcioMercato suggest the 34-year-old was trying to get his manager to play in a more attacking way, in the hope of pressing Napoli further up the pitch. "It would have been easier if the referee had looked on the monitor, given that it is there".

Napoli was given a way back into the match when Pjanic was shown a second yellow card for handling two minutes into the second half.

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With 30 minutes remaining, the Napoleons brought the encounter to life when Jose Callejon bundled home Lorenzo Insigne's pin-point delivery.

In another match, Fabio Quagliarella added another memorable chapter to his spectacular season by scoring two goals and hitting the woodwork twice in Sampdoria's 2-1 win at Spal.

As elsewhere across Serie A this weekend, play at the Stadio San Paolo stopped in the 13th minute to honour the memory of deceased former Italy worldwide Davide Astori, with fans of both sides applauding the ex-Fiorentina captain, who died in his sleep aged just 31 on March 4 previous year.

Several players were in tears on Sunday as applause rang out from both sets of fans and banners were displayed in tribute to Astori, who was from near Bergamo - where Atalanta plays.

AC Milan were the last club to win the title in 2011.

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