Napoli draw against Torino all but hands Serie A title to Juventus

Carrie Guzman
May 7, 2018

Juventus edge closer to the Serie A title as Napoli are held to a 2-2 draw by Torino in Sunday's encounter at Stadio San Paolo.

As the teams are level on their head-to-head record, goal difference would decide the winners if they finished with equal points, and Juve are now 16 goals better off than Napoli. But they have picked up just one point from two games since.

Hamsik reached 100 Serie A goals in 394 appearances for the Partenopei, who are seeking a first Serie A title since 1989-90.

Torino defender Nicolas Burdisso gifted Napoli the lead after 25 minutes when he miscontrolled a pass, tried to play his way out of the penalty area and Dries Mertens stole in from behind to poke the ball into the net.

Roma moved third, two points above Lazio, which was held to a 1-1 draw against Atalanta. The leaders also have a far superior goal difference. "These last two matches are very important because we can set a new all-time points record for this club".

The change paid off as the sub restored Napoli's lead with a strike from outside of the box with 15 minutes remaining.

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Lazio - without injured Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile - were trailing when Musa Barrow scored after two minutes before Felipe Caicedo grabbed the equaliser on 24 minutes.

Inter Milan, who are fifth, boosted their chances of a top-four finish, which would earn them a place in the Champions League group stage, with a 4-0 win at faltering Udinese.

"We're still convinced that we can get to the Champions League", said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti.

Argentine Icardi kept his push for the Golden Boot alive with his 28th goal this season, just one short of Immobile.

Sassuolo secured safety with a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria.

Caretaker manager Lorenzo D'Anna steered Chievo Verona to a crucial 2-1 win over Crotone in a relegation six-pointer.

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