Napoli 3-1 Juventus (3:30pm ET, Sky Sport Italia)The first half of Serie A’s first leg at the Stadio San Paolo has begun with Juventus 2 on top.
Juventus had taken the lead in the 22nd minute through Giuseppe Rossi, but then Napoli equalised through a superb move.
The Italian side struck first through Gonzalo Higuain’s cross to Simone Pepe, but Napoli went closest to victory in the 58th minute.
Mario Mandzukic headed a free-kick against the crossbar before Antonio Cassano cut in from the right and slotted in the rebound.
Napoli doubled their lead in stoppage time through Mario Mandzuka and Simone Pepe.
After a quick break, Napoli took the lead just two minutes after the restart with Mandzukel’s cross for Andrea Barzagli to tap home.
After being outplayed at the start of the second half, Napolese players will be pleased to have kept their composure in the closing stages, with the visitors still in the hunt for first place.
The hosts, meanwhile, are yet to lose a game after losing to Juventus last weekend.
Juventus’ coach said that he had the satisfaction of being able to bring in the team that he believed would give him his best chance of winning the title.
“We are very happy because this is our best team,” he said.
Napoli, meanwhile have taken advantage of their advantage and have now taken four points from four games. “
We want to show our confidence and we will show it.”
Napoli, meanwhile have taken advantage of their advantage and have now taken four points from four games.
The Serie A table, as set by ESPN FC, has Napoli ahead of the leaders Juventus, who are still two points adrift of third place.
Both sides have played two matches in the past two days and are scheduled to play again in just over an hour.
(Reporting by Gianluca Di Marzo; Editing by Nick Macfie)