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Napoli 1-0 Juventus: Insigne penalty sink Old Lady

Napoli defeats Juventus in two successive league games for the first time since 2011.

Insigne’s penalty was enough to down the champions who couldn’t break down Napoli’s stubborn defence. Napoli’s second keeper Meret played his part with a series of great saves.

Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini was penalised for a foul on Napoli’s Amir Rahmani in the penalty area to concede a 31st-minute spot-kick, which Insigne converted to score what proved to be the winner and his 100th goal in all competitions for Napoli.

Napoli’s win sees them rise to the fourth position in Serie A ahead of Roma and Lazio on goal difference. They’re just two points behind Juventus now, who stay five points behind Inter and seven behind league leaders AC Milan.

This defeat is a big dent in Juve’s hopes of winning 10 league titles in a row.

Napoli mixes up the race for the Serie A title then by doing the two Milan sides a favour. Juve aren’t completely down and out yet but it’s getting increasingly likely that their time at the top is over.

Cristiano Ronaldo was having an off-field day in front of goal, missing a striking opportunity with his head late on to snatch a point., with Napoli seeing out the win to move into fourth on 40 points, two behind Juventus in third.

The result gives manager Gennaro Gattuso a boost amid recent calls for his sacking as he got one over his former AC Milan team-mate Andrea Pirlo.

‘We are happy with the result, but above all the performance, because we worked as a team, fighting together to the end and Chucky was shattered at the end, so we were basically down to 10. We still united as a team and brought home the victory,’ Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.

Also, he ended his curse of missing three previous spot-kicks against the Bianconeri, one only last month in the Supercoppa.

‘I was calm because I know the coach and my teammates have faith in me and that is enough. I am still sad about what happened in the Supercoppa, but if I just think about the mistakes of the past, I will not be able to move on. I have to keep going.

This season hasn’t been as good as last year yet, but we had so many problems from injuries to COVID and lost David Ospina in the warm-up to today.

‘We can’t let it distract us, we need to stay calm and focused, just keep going.’

‘It’s special as a Neapolitan to seal this victory over Juventus and I dedicate it to my wife for Valentine’s Day.’

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