MILAN (AP) Juventus has the champagne on ice after Napoli was held to a 2-2 draw by Torino on Sunday to all but mathematically hand the Bianconeri their seventh straight Serie A title.
Napoli is six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. The two sides have the same head-to-head record – which is the next deciding factor after points – but Juventus has a significantly better goal difference.
Juventus can mathematically secure the title at Roma next weekend.
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”We fought at the top right until the end, the title race was decided by certain episodes,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said.
”We did everything possible to make life difficult for Juventus, but they have better resources than us and we really couldn’t do anything more than this.”
The match in Naples was marked by chants and banners in support of Sarri, who was criticized by club president Aurelio De Laurentiis last week.
”We have always improved in the past three years and I hope that Sarri remains to continue our growth,” Napoli captain Marek Hamsik said after the match.
After Juventus beat Bologna on Saturday, Napoli knew it needed a victory to keep the title race alive.
Host Napoli wasted a couple of opportunities before taking the lead in the 25th minute.
It was Dries Mertens‘ 31st birthday and Nicolas Burdisso gifted him a goal as he failed to control a backpass with two awful touches, allowing the Belgium international to pounce and end his eight-round goal drought.