Napoli, Juventus play 1-1 draw in Serie A

Cheryl Sanders
April 5, 2017

Napoli dominated five-time defending champions Juventus but couldn't force a victor as they played out a 1-1 draw in a high-octane Serie A football match at the San Paolo stadium here.

Sami Khedira opened the scoring but Napoli swarmed in the second half, chasing an equaliser which eventually came through Marek Hamsik.

The Argentina global arrived in Turin after the Bianconeri met the €90 million release clause in his contract at Napoli, but it was a move that has seen him become a figure of hate amongst his former fans.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has insisted that he joined the club to win titles, following his controversial move from Napoli last summer.

Juventus caught a fine start as they executed a ideal counter-attack with just seven minutes played as Khedira and Miralem Pjanic exchanged passes on the edge of the area with the German driving past goalkeeper Rafael.

A rare Juve attack saw Mario Lemina lash an effort wide, before Lorenzo Insigne went close with a curling strike and Napoli had the ball in the net after 55 minutes but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

Napoli were almost gifted a second goal when Mertens intercepted Kwadwo Asamoah's backpass but could only shoot against the foot of the post from a narrow angle. Mertens saw off an onrushing Buffon but his push hit the right post from a tight angle.

Following the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Sunday, the Bianconeri were accused of being too defensive, with Coach Max Allegri taking exception to what he called "negativity" around his side.

"You win titles with games like these, by picking up hard points on your travels".

"Among other things it's important for us, because they're a team who play quite similarly to Barcelona, so on Sunday we started on the path which will take us to the Barcelona games. It shows how good we are", Hamsik told Mediaset Premium.

"At times our decision making wasn't good enough in possession, but I was expecting the kind of difficulties we faced. It wasn't an easy night for us, but the lads were relaxed throughout and defended in a very organised way".

Coach Maurizio Sarri said he felt his side could have taken all three points. Napoli will create an abdundance of chances, and you can get the odds for the scoreline on NetBet, but Allegri isn't content with sitting back on the lead and he was quick to point that out in todays pre-game presser.

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