Italian Serie A
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Juventus 2-1 Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain scored a record 36 Serie A goals for Napoli last season

Gonzalo Higuain scored the winner against his former club as Juventus extended their Serie A lead with victory at home to third-placed Napoli.

Higuain left Napoli in an acrimonious Italian-record £75m move this summer and did not celebrate after smashing home a loose ball with 20 minutes left.

Jose Callejon had drawn Napoli level with a deft finish after Leonardo Bonucci gave Juve the lead.

The win moves Juve five points clear of Roma, who play at Empoli on Sunday.

Higuain scored a record 36 Serie A goals for Napoli last season, and many of the club's supporters were not happy about his decision to leave.

After the move, fans publicly threw their Higuain shirts, banners and scarves into dustbins, while before Saturday's match Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri said of the Argentina striker: "I'll greet him like a father does with a son who made him angry."

Higuain was spared having to play in front of any travelling fans as they were banned from attending for security reasons.

However, he still sent a message with the manner of his celebration - by extending his arms out wide and opening his hands in a gesture of apology.

The 28-year-old might have added a second but badly miscued a header, leaving Napoli with hope of grabbing an equaliser late on.

But Dries Mertens spurned their best chance in injury time when he fired over from close range.

Line-ups

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 21minsSubstituted forJu Cuadradoat 39'minutes
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 6Khedira
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade LimaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forSturaroat 76'minutes
  • 5PjanicSubstituted forMarchisioat 68'minutes
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 22mins
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 85mins
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 4Benatia
  • 7Ju Cuadrado
  • 8Marchisio
  • 18Lemina
  • 22Asamoah
  • 23Alves da Silva
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 27Sturaro
  • 32Audero
  • 33Evra
  • 34Kean

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 21Chiriches
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 5Marques LoureiroSubstituted forZielinskiat 76'minutes
  • 42Diawara
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forEl Kaddouriat 82'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 14Mertens
  • 24InsigneBooked at 30minsSubstituted forGiaccheriniat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 4Giaccherini
  • 8Jorginho
  • 11Maggio
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 22Sepe
  • 30Rog
  • 62Tonelli
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 94Insigne
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
41,409

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 2, Napoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Napoli 1.

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Foul by Andrea Barzagli (Juventus).

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Sandro (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elseid Hysaj (Napoli).

Offside, Napoli. Omar El Kaddouri tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Amadou Diawara (Napoli).

Attempt missed. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by José Callejón.

Attempt missed. Amadou Diawara (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mario Mandzukic.

Attempt blocked. Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam with a cross.

Booking

Mario Mandzukic (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Juventus).

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Alex Sandro (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Omar El Kaddouri replaces Marek Hamsik.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match José Callejón (Napoli) because of an injury.

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (Juventus).

Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Piotr Zielinski replaces Allan.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Stefano Sturaro replaces Hernanes.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Goal!

Goal! Juventus 2, Napoli 1. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Hernanes (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Hernanes (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Claudio Marchisio replaces Miralem Pjanic.

Offside, Napoli. José Callejón tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Booking

Hernanes (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Hernanes (Juventus).

Amadou Diawara (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Attempt missed. Amadou Diawara (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 29th October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus119022381527
2Roma1071226121422
3Napoli116232012820
4AC Milan106131614219
5Lazio105322011918
6Fiorentina104421310316
7Atalanta105141313016
8Genoa9432127515
9Torino104332013715
10Chievo104331110115
11Inter Milan104241313014
12Udinese104151316-313
13Sassuolo104151317-413
14Cagliari104151723-613
15Bologna113441115-413
16Sampdoria103251116-511
17Pescara10145915-67
18Empoli10136213-116
19Palermo10136719-126
20Crotone10028821-132
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