Serie A: Juventus continue hot streak with win over 10-man Napoli
MILAN — Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday as it celebrated winning the double of the Italian league and cup in a party atmosphere in Turin.
Stefano Sturaro put Juventus in front with a spectacular first goal for the club and Simone Pepe sealed the win from the spot after Napoli defender Miguel Britos was sent off in stoppage time for headbutting Alvaro Morata.
Juventus had taken the lead through Roberto Pereyra but David Lopez leveled early in the second half after Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty was saved by Gianluigi Buffon.
Kwadwo Asamoah, who was making his first appearance since a knee injury in November, conceded the penalty when he was harshly adjudged to have intentionally handled the ball.
Napoli’s Champions League hopes are all but over as it remained three points behind third-place Lazio ahead of the Rome derby on Monday. It cannot now catch second-placed Roma and needs Lazio to lose the derby to leave it all to play for when the two meet in the final match of the season.
Genoa hosts Inter Milan later.
There was a special atmosphere at the Juventus Stadium, in the final match of the season, and the team paraded the Italian Cup before kickoff, while it was presented with its fourth successive Serie A trophy after the match.
Juventus beat Lazio 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday to secure the second trophy of a possible treble. Massimiliano Allegri’s side faces Barcelona in Berlin in the Champions League final on June 6.
Allegri rested several of his star players, while Napoli captain Marek Hamsik was left on the bench by Rafa Benitez.
Juventus took the lead in the 13th minute with a well-worked move, which Pereyra finished off after beating the offside trap and controlling Kingsley Coman’s delightful chipped pass before firing through the legs of Napoli goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.
There was a touching moment in the 39th minute when the crowd unveiled a tribute to the 39 fans who died in the Heysel tragedy, ahead of the 1985 European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.
A huge number 39 was displayed as well as a long banner with the words ”no one really dies if they live on in the hearts of those who remain, forever” and the fans held up placards with the names of the victims.
Napoli was a different side after the break as Benitez took off the disappointing Gonzalo Higuain and replaced him with Manolo Gabbiadini.
The visitors leveled five minutes later after Asamoah handled Dries Mertens’ cross, although it appeared unintentional. Buffon did well to block Insigne’s penalty but David Lopez was the quickest to react, firing in the rebound from close range.
David Lopez almost gave Napoli the lead in the 69th but Buffon pulled off a fantastic to save to force the volley over the bar.
And it was Juventus which went back in front eight minutes later when Sturaro gathered with his back to goal, turned Raul Albiol and curled into the top left corner.
Napoli laid siege to the Juventus goal but Britos ended any hopes of a comeback when he deliberately headbutted Morata as the two squared up.
Pepe’s goal was his first in three years in what was almost certainly his final home match as his contract, which expires at the end of the season, has not been renewed.