Fiorentina and Napoli went against each other’s necks to determine the fate of their Serie A campaigns, only to draw at 1-1 after a tense match and share one point apiece.
Earlier, Juventus had extended their lead on top of the table to 4 after beating Inter Milan with two second-half goals in Turin. Although they are clearly the favourites for yet another domestic title, they still depend on Napoli’s fortunes ever so slightly.
And most of the Nerazzuri would be cheering the fact that Fiorentina scored first, with Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso outjumped the Napoli defense, heading in a corner to pull his team ahead after just six minutes.
But Alonso would also woe his day, as his clearance less than a minute later found Napoli top scorer Gonzalo Higuain, allowing the Argentine to send his first shot in to the net from outside the box and bag his 25th goal of the season.
Both sides took to hard offense but even as Fiorentina found the woordwork twice, they held on to end the game with those early goals.
Fiorentina’s keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu was also vital in keeping Napoli out, as he blocked a powerful drive from José Callejón and stopped a Higuain follow-up. He also kept out dangerous effort from Lorenzo Insigne in the dying minutes, just as Higuain had a goal disallowed for being offside.
The match saw Napoli keep up their pace behind Juventus with a 3-point gap, while La Viola remain fourth but draw against Roma on points with the last Champions league spot to play for.