MILAN: Fernando Bernardeschi scored the one objective as champions Juventus stored Serie A leaders Napoli of their sights with a 1-zero win over Cagliari in Sardinia on Saturday.
Napoli cemented their place in prime spot earlier than Italy’s two-week winter break with fifty one factors from 20 video games after seeing off Verona 2-zero.They’re one level away from Juventus with Inter Milan a distant third, 9 factors behind the leaders, after being held 1-1 at Fiorentina on Friday.
Italian winger Bernardeschi nudged residence on seventy four minutes following a solo break by Douglas Costa down the correct flank, however there have been worries for Massimiliano Allegri’s aspect with Argentina star Paulo Dybala limping off in tears with a suspected hamstring pressure, and Sami Khedira receiving a head knock.
“We’re doing nicely to date this season, simply simply behind Napoli, by way of to the Champions League spherical of sixteen and into the Italian Cup semi-finals,” stated Allegri.“Thankfully we’re go right into a two-week break now and he’ll (Dybala) clearly have to relaxation greater than the others throughout that point.”
Each Napoli’s objectives got here within the second half towards a dogged Verona, with Kalidou Koulibaly breaking the impasse after sixty five minutes in Naples and Jose Callejon sealing the win thirteen minutes later.
Coach Maurizio Sarri stays cautious regardless of heading into the second half of the season forward of the reigning six-time champions.“We all know that Juventus have years of certainties — that they will safely shut above ninety factors, whereas we can’t say the identical factor about ourselves,” stated the Napoli boss.
“We all know that we should repeat final season’s performances to get again into the Champions League and something greater than that’s undiscovered territory.”Roma missed the prospect to hitch Inter on forty two factors, slipping to fifth after a shock 2-1 defeat to 10-man Atalanta in Rome.
Atalanta — recent from their Italian Cup defeat of Napoli — have been two objectives up by half-time via Andreas Cornelius and Marten de Roon.Edin Dzeko lowered the deficit on fifty six minutes however Roma did not benefit from enjoying the whole second half with an additional man on the pitch after de Roon was despatched off for a second yellow card.
“We began nicely for 10 minutes, then fell aside and misplaced our confidence after going a objective behind,” stated Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.Lazio — like Roma with a recreation in hand — moved simply two factors behind Inter into fourth after Ciro Motionless hit 4 objectives in a 5-2 objective blitz in towards SPAL.
Motionless is having one other nice season at Lazio after scoring 23 occasions final marketing campaign, and moveed two forward of Inter’s Mauro Icardi on the prime of the Serie A scorers charts, with 20 objectives in 19 video games.
Spaniard Luis Alberto opened for Lazio after simply 5 minutes with Motionless bagging a primary-half hat-trick, finishing the scoreline 5 minutes after the break.“It’s a magic time for us,” stated Motionless. “My objectives come because of everybody’s work, there have been good assists on the primary three. We will now benefit from the holidays after this win.”
Captain Leonardo Bonucci headed in his first AC Milan aim to see off Crotone 1-zero win at San Siro, additional boosting the struggling aspect after their Italian Cup win over Inter.“The brand new yr couldn’t have began higher,” stated the Italy defender of Milan who’re on 28 factors in eleventh place.
“The derby improved our confidence, our self-perception, and you might see that by how we took dangers.”Backside membership Benevento gained their second recreation in a row, with Massimo Coda’s brace giving them a three-2 win over 10-man Sampdoria, whereas Andrey Galabinov scored late to maneuver Genoa away from the relegation zone with a 1-zero at Sassuolo.
Earlier former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri made a profitable begin as Torino coach with a three-zero house win over Bologna, simply two days after taking up from Sinisa Mihajlovic.Lorenzo De Silvestri, M’Baye Niang and Iago Falque all scored to offer Torino simply their second win of their final 9 matches.Torino are tenth, degree on factors with Milan.
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