Koulibaly's late victor vs. Juventus pushes Napoli back in Scudetto race

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17:11 Juventus confirm muscle tear for Chi
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24 April, 2018

Maurizio Sarri's men sensationally kept their championship dreams alive by running out narrow 1-0 winners courtesy of a 90th minute Kalidou Koulibaly header.

Juventus arguably has the tougher run-in as it faces Champions League-chasing Inter Milan and Roma as well as Bologna and Hellas Verona.

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik threatened twice to break the deadlock while Lorenzo Insigne had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, before substitute Piotr Zielinski's late snapshot was cleared by Gianluigi Buffon.

The Bianconeri were enjoying a 1-0 lead over Crotone and Napoli was losing to Udinese - a combination of results that temporarily gave the defending champion a nine-point advantage.

If this is how Napoli react to closing the gap, imagine the scenes if they reach the summit of Serie A. Napoli are the symbol of an entire population who follow us always and everywhere.

"To the lads I can't say anything, we play 57 games in a year, the others do not", declared the Juventus coach.

Immobile tapped in a Milinkovic-Savic assist five minutes from the end, quickly adding a second to consolidate his position as leading Serie A scorer with 29 goals this season. And not least because there was much hostility before the match, and no, it wasn't just the supporters.

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The injury could also see the defender potentially miss out on the club's Coppa Italia final against AC Milan on May 9.

Mariusz Stepinski pulled a goal back for Chievo who are just two points above the drop zone.

Its chances seemed to increase when key Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini limped off in the 10th minute and was replaced by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The 33-year-old gritted his teeth and tried to play on but was forced off ten minuets later with a knee problem.

As Juventus and Napoli players emerged onto the pitch for Sunday's key Serie A match, viewers' attention was drawn to a red mark on each of the players' cheeks.

Tests performed the following day confirmed a tear of the biceps femoris muscle in his knee.


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