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D. Mertens
Yellow Card
S. Zaza
P. Evra
1 - 0
C. Marchisio
Yellow Card
P. Pogba
Yellow Card
José Callejón
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Match Stats

43% 56%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 1
Total Passes 498 635
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Juventus JUV Juventus 38 29 4 5 75 20 +55 91 W L W W W
2 Napoli NAP Napoli 38 25 7 6 80 32 +48 82 W W W L W
3 Roma ROM Roma 38 23 11 4 83 41 +42 80 W W W W W
4 Internazionale INT Internazionale 38 20 7 11 50 38 +12 67 L W L W L
5 Fiorentina FIO Fiorentina 38 18 10 10 60 42 +18 64 W D D L L
6 Sassuolo SAS Sassuolo 38 16 13 9 49 40 +9 61 W W W W D
7 Milan MIL Milan 38 15 12 11 49 43 +6 57 L W D L D
8 Lazio LAZ Lazio 38 15 9 14 52 52 0 54 L W W L L
9 Chievo CHI Chievo 38 13 11 14 43 45 -2 50 D L D L W
10 Genoa GEN Genoa 38 13 7 18 45 48 -3 46 L W L L W
11 Empoli EMP Empoli 38 12 10 16 40 49 -9 46 W L D L W
12 Torino TOR Torino 38 12 9 17 52 55 -3 45 L L W L L
13 Atalanta ATA Atalanta 38 11 12 15 41 47 -6 45 W D L W D
14 Bologna BOL Bologna 38 11 9 18 33 45 -12 42 D L D W L
15 Sampdoria SAM Sampdoria 38 10 10 18 48 61 -13 40 L L L W D
16 Palermo PAL Palermo 38 10 9 19 38 65 -27 39 W D W W D
17 Udinese UDI Udinese 38 10 9 19 35 60 -25 39 L D L L W
18 Carpi CAR Carpi 38 9 11 18 37 57 -20 38 W L L W D
19 Frosinone FRO Frosinone 38 8 7 23 35 76 -41 31 L L D L L
20 Hellas Verona VER Hellas Verona 38 5 13 20 34 63 -29 28 L W L W L


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The final whistle goes before Juventus can do anything with the free-kick, and a massive win has been secured. Zaza's late goal has sent the Bianconeri back to the top of the table, leapfrogging Napoli by a point. It was a game devoid of many chances, and it became clear that a moment of magic or luck would be required to make the breakthrough. Zaza's strike had elements of both. Disappointing for the Partenopei, but jubilation for the Bianconeri. That's all the time we have, thanks for tuning in!
D. Mertens
Yellow Card
Koulibaly takes out Zaza, and this gives Juventus a free-kick deep in Napoli territory that they will surely use to milk out the rest of the clock. The defender has been booked as well.
Gabbiadini misses the target with an ambitious effort, and that may just be their last chance as Juventus will surely take their time to restart the game. He looks heartbroken at that.
M. Gabbiadini
Allan departs for Gabbiadini as Napoli suddenly chase this game.
This must be so demoralising for the rest of Serie A, who have seen this script so many times. Juventus were far from their best, but on the back of a suffocating defensive display, they never gave up and found the goal to break their opponents' hearts.
P. Evra
Evra will register the assist, but that goal was all Zaza.
S. Zaza
ZAZA HAS DONE IT! HAS HE SENT JUVE TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE? He sizes up his options at the top of the box, and unleashes a powerful strike that flies high into the back of the net via a slight deflection! As good as that was, Reina might have done better as it was pretty central - although the deflection played a role.
Alex Sandro
P. Dybala
Alex Sandro has been thrown on in place of Dybala.
C. Marchisio
Yellow Card
Marchisio gets booked for rushing back late to make a challenge to stop a potentially dangerous Napoli attack. He accepts that booking with little complaint.
The crowd gets to its feet as Pogba charges through the middle, shaking off a challenge and letting fly from about 25 yards out. However, the shot is charged down and bobbles through easily to Reina.
Players like Allan and Marchisio have done their bit defensively in this match, and are a big reason why chances have been mostly limited to speculative long-range efforts, especially in the second half.
Hamsik tries to release Mertens and get the substitute his first bit of action on the ball, but it's easily intercepted by the Juventus defence. Under 10 minutes to go now at the Juventus Stadium.
NOT TOO FAR OFF! The first chance in a long while for either side sees Hamsik cut onto his left foot and let fly from the edge of the D, but the effort bends the wrong way and heads off target.
D. Mertens
L. Insigne
Insigne really has not done enough in this match, and departs for Mertens. It appears that Sarri isn't ready to settle for the point just yet with that like-for-like substitution.
Defences continue to dominate this game, and both sides are perhaps starting to think that a point may not be the worst result in the world. I would wager that Napoli would be slightly happier with the draw though.
There's simply no way through for Napoli, who end a five-minute spell in possession without anything approaching a chance. It's Juventus' turn to try to work an opening, but they too are out of ideas.
Jorginho schemes in midfield, and tries to pick out a woefully offside Higuain over the top with a pass, which is bread and butter for Barzagli. The defender has really stepped up since Bonucci's departure.
Very cagey and tight, with Napoli on the ball, but barely able to advance into a jogging pace on the ball. Just over 20 minutes to go, but it's unclear where the breakthrough will come from.
P. Pogba
Yellow Card
Pogba appeared to lose the ball cleanly, but he clearly doesn't see it that way, and starts harassing the referee as to why he didn't call a foul. The referee does eventually make a decision, but it's to book the Frenchman for complaining.
Not a whole lot happening out on the pitch for now. Frustration is starting to creep in here for Juventus, as they feel that the last Dybala chance was indeed the opportunity that could have given them the points. At the moment, any opener looks likely to be the winner.
José Callejón
Yellow Card
Callejon gets a yellow card for a hand ball close to the referee. He's put n a few choice deliveries from the flank, and it's been a pity that his team-mates haven't been able to profit from them.
THAT WAS THE OPPORTUNITY! Massive chance missed by the home side to take the lead. Zaza's hustle creates panic in the Napoli ranks, and Pogba picks up possession on the left, sliding the ball to Dybala inside the area, who side-foots it well over the top! Should have been 1-0.
One hour gone and it's still goalless in Turin. Serie A's two best defences have been doing just that, with the Argentines Higuain and Dybala starved of chances at either end of the field.
S. Zaza
Álvaro Morata
Morata will depart this match after a rather poor outing up top for the home side. He didn't accomplish much apart from winning one or two flick-ons, and Zaza returns from suspension in a bid to provide the attack with a different dimension.
At the moment, it's Napoli in possession, with Juventus keeping men back in order to prevent the direct balls that threatened at times in the first half. The first goal, if it is to come, will be so vital in not only this game, but the title race itself.
There's not a whole lot happening in terms of goalscoring opportunities. You get the feeling that this is a massive opportunity for Napoli, not only in terms of the points on offer, but the chance to make a statement to rubber stamp their title credentials. They can extend their lead to five points if they win here.
D. Rugani
L. Bonucci
That collision with Khedira in the first half is still being felt by Bonucci, and it seems that he won't last any longer. He limps off with a shake of his head to be replaced by Rugani, in a like-for-like substitution.
EVRA SKIES IT! A corner is whipped to the back post and Juventus win the first ball, with Evra getting there just ahead of his man. However, in his haste to make contact, he can't keep his effort down and it goes over!
Insigne shimmies away from his man and has an early crack on goal, but Buffon is all over it. No changes to report after the break from either manager, which is not too surprising given how generally even it has been.
Here we go again!
And that will do it from Juventus Stadium, as Serie A's heavyweight clash of the season is goalless at the break. It's been an interesting yet cagey affair, with genuine goalscoring chances hard to come by. Both sides have had their periods on top of the run of play, but neither keeper has been beaten or tested too often. Still all to play for in the second half with the Serie A lead at stake, so stay tuned.
It looks like we'll be entering the half-time break all square, as the ball becomes bogged down in the middle of the park. A draw isn't the worst result in the world, but both sides may feel that the points are there for the taking.
Higuain attempts to turn provider this time, setting Insigne on his way down the flank, but Lichtsteiner defends that play well. Whereas Juventus have tried to play their way through, Napoli are looking to be direct and cutthroat on the break. Neither side are executing with their final ball though.
Reina has to get down to make his first save of the game. Marchisio again takes aim from distance, but the Napoli keeper is all over it. The amount of long shots executed by the hosts' midfield is a testament to how little Dybala and Morata have been involved.
NOT FAR OFF AGAIN! Callejon opts against driving to the byline, pulling back instead to launch a dangerous cross towards the back post. Higuain streams between a pair of defenders to attack it but can't get there in time. Replays suggest that he might have been offside in any case.
BUFFON SAVES JUVENTUS! The veteran keeper defies his age, as he seems to do every other game, to prevent Albiol from scoring with a header from a great position. Best chance of the match so far!
That wasn't too far off! Napoli angle a great cross into Higuain, who ghosts into an inch of space but can't make the vital connection that would have troubled Buffon, thanks to a magnificent touch from Bonucci to take it away! This is better from the Partenopei, who seem to have weathered the worst of the Juve first-half storm.
Pogba decides to try his luck from a long way out, but it was never going to beat Reina from that distance. At the other end of the field, Allan attempts to do the same, but he too misses the target.
Napoli earn themselves a little respite, as Hamsik and Ghoulam combine, attempting to release Insigne down the left-hand side. Juventus shut the door on that occasion, and the visitors recycle possession.
We're not seeing enough cutting edge from Juventus at the end of all their possession. As good as their build-up and midfield have been, Morata and Dybala have still been a little too detached from play for my liking.
We haven't seen a lot from Dybala in this match, even with Juventus shaking off a poor start to control the tempo of this game. No goals so far, but it has been an incredibly intriguing encounter so far.
Evra gets stuck with the ball at his feet and nearly gets his pocket picked by Callejon in the process. One or two mistakes creeping into the Juventus players at the moment following a strong spell on the ball.
A free-kick on the left breaks down, but Cuadrado has the ball back and releases a deep cross to the back post for Khedira, who flicks it into the path of Pogba. However, the Frenchman has too much to do in such tight quarters, and loses the ball.
Chadrado and Khedira combine on the edge of the box, but they can't fashion space for a shot. The ball ends up at the feet of Marchisio,who releases something that's neither a pass nor a shot, and nearly goes out for a throw-in. Incredibly, he still hasn't scored a single goal for the Bianconeri this season.
Bonucci is back on the pitch as Juventus size up a free-kick about 30 yards from goal. Pogba stands over it and goes for goal himself, and it doesn't sail too far wide - although Reina looked to have had it covered in any case.
Bonucci collides with his own team-mate Khedira, and the Italian defender has come off worse for wear, heading to the sidelines to receive treatment. With Chiellini missing, the last thing Juve need is another centre-back down.
Cuadrado is becoming a deciding player in this match, and he escapes his man by enough space to have a shot, but it's right down the throat of Reina. Ghoulam needs help out there against the Colombian.
Napoli have been on the defensive for a while now, with Juventus now able to get the ball wide and launch crosses into the box. That has brought the home fans into even more of a voice.
Cuadrado has Koulibaly struggling to contain him as he twists and turns on the edge of the box. He tricks the defender into a foul, but the referee allows play to continue, and it ends with a Dybala shot that is blocked by the Napoli defence. Better this from Juventus.
Decent period of pressure this for Juventus, who keep the ball penned in the Napoli defensive third. Cuadrado is seeing a fair bit of possession but like Pogba, he's finding it difficult to get the space to really run at his man. Credit to Napoli for nullifying that threat.
Juventus try to launch their first attack of the game as Pogba gets things going by winning the ball in midfield. The ball is worked from Morata on the left, to Cuadrado on the opposite flank and finally back to the Frenchman in the centre, but he runs out of room for the shot.
Napoli continue to apply the pressure in the Juventus half, and Koulibaly, of all people, makes a storming run into the area down the left-hand side, and very nearly finds the space for the cross. Great play from the visiting side again.
The visitors have made a solid start to this match, forcing an early corner when Bonucci is forced out wide to confront Insigne. From the resulting delivery, Morata is back defending and clears.
Off we go!
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri changes just one name from the side that beat Carpi 1-0 last time out, with Jorginho coming back to the midfield, and Mirko Valdifiori making way. It's a 4-3-3 from the visitors, with Higuain flanked by Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne.
Giorgio Chiellini is injured, meaning that Allegri opts for a four-man back line, with Patrice Evra coming in for the centre-back. Alex Sandro is also replaced by Stephan Lichtsteinier, while Sami Khedira goes straight back into the XI after a two-week layoff with a muscle injury.
Napoli subs: Rafael, Strinic, Valdifiori, Maggio, Mertens, Regini, Lopez, Chiriches, Gabriel, Gabbiadini, El Kaddouri, Chalobah.
Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Higuain, Insigne.
Juventus subs: Rubinho, Zaza, Hernanes, Alex Sandro, Padoin, Rugani, Neto, Sturaro, Pereyra, Favilli, Romagna.
Juventus (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra; Cuadrado, Marchisio, Khedira; Pogba; Dybala, Morata.
Juventus have won their last four Serie A meetings with Napoli at this ground, scoring 11 times and conceding just once in that span. However, the Partenopei beat them 2-1 in the reverse fixture in Naples back in September, and are aiming to complete the league double over the Old Lady for only the fourth time in their history as they look to end a 26-year wait for the Scudetto.
Napoli are themselves on a hot streak in the league, with an unprecedented eight straight wins. With 53 goals scored, the Partenopei are the top flight's most prolific side, helped in no small part by Serie A's leading marksman Gonzalo Higuain, who has plundered 24 of those strikes - an average of exactly one goal per match. It's the league's best attack versus its best defence tonight. Something has to give.
Juventus have reeled off a club-record 14 straight victories in the top flight to climb within touching distance of first place. A win here will see them complete their remarkable turnaround and assume first place, making them favourites to win a fifth consecutive Serie A title. Behind their miserly defence which has conceded a league-low 15 goals this season and only six at tonight's venue, Massimiliano Allegri's team are right back to their best.
Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Serie A battle between Juventus and Napoli in Turin. The league's top two sides square off in perhaps the biggest game of the season so far, with the visitors from Naples ahead in the table by two points. Stick with us for all the action.