Italian Serie A
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Napoli 0-1 Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain has scored five goals in five games against his old club Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain scored against his former club as champions Juventus ended Napoli's unbeaten start in Serie A to close the gap to one point at the top.

The Argentina striker, 29, who was a doubt after hand surgery during the week, scored the only goal when he slammed home a pass from Paulo Dybala.

Pepe Reina made a great reflex save to deny Blaise Matuidi a second.

Napoli were disappointing and Lorenzo Insigne wasted several chances before coming off injured late on.

The hosts, who have not won the league since 1990, have been excellent all season and picked a bad night to have such a poor performance, with too many misplaced passes and weak shots.

Insigne, who was injured in a collision with veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon, had several half-chances saved by his former Italy team-mate - and went closest when he fired just wide from an angle.

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Earlier on Friday, Roma beat struggling SPAL 3-1 thanks to goals from Edin Dzeko, Kevin Strootman and Lorenzo Pellegrini.

Federico Viviani scored a consolation for SPAL, who played 81 minutes with 10 men after Felipe's red card - his 11th in Serie A since 2006-07.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Reina
  • 23Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 6Mário RuiBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMaggioat 76'minutes
  • 5AllanSubstituted forZielinskiat 67'minutes
  • 8Jorginho
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7Callejón
  • 14MertensBooked at 45mins
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forOunasat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 11Maggio
  • 13Scarf
  • 15Giaccherini
  • 18do Nascimento
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Sepe
  • 30Rog
  • 37Ounas
  • 42Diawara

Juventus

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Buffon
  • 2De SciglioSubstituted forBarzagliat 84'minutes
  • 4Benatia
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 22mins
  • 22Asamoah
  • 11Douglas CostaSubstituted forJu Cuadradoat 79'minutes
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forMarchisioat 67'minutes
  • 5Pjanic
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10Dybala
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 7Ju Cuadrado
  • 8Marchisio
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 15Barzagli
  • 16Pinsoglio
  • 23Szczesny
  • 24Rugani
  • 27Sturaro
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
55,567

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 0, Juventus 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 0, Juventus 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Juan Cuadrado.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

  5. Post update

    Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Kwadwo Asamoah.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Kwadwo Asamoah.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Andrea Barzagli replaces Mattia De Sciglio.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Ounas with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Juan Cuadrado replaces Douglas Costa.

  12. Post update

    Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Juventus).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Christian Maggio replaces Mário Rui.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Adam Ounas replaces Lorenzo Insigne because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Napoli. Piotr Zielinski tries a through ball, but Lorenzo Insigne is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Piotr Zielinski.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jorginho (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Piotr Zielinski following a corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 1st December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli15122135102538
2Juventus15121241142737
3Inter Milan14113028101836
4Roma14111227101734
5Lazio1392233151829
6Sampdoria138232718926
7AC Milan146261918120
8Bologna146261717020
9Chievo145541721-420
10Atalanta145452018219
11Torino144731820-219
12Fiorentina145362319418
13Cagliari145091324-1115
14Udinese134091824-612
15Crotone143381127-1612
16Sassuolo14329824-1611
17Genoa142481220-810
18SPAL152491326-1310
19Hellas Verona142391229-179
20Benevento140014634-280
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