Juventus needed Leonardo Bonucci’s header to save them against Udinese while Napoli strengthened hopes of gaining an automatic Champions League qualification spot after a 2-1 over fellow Serie A title challengers Roma.
Napoli netted twice through Dries Mertens as the Belgian international converted Marek Hamsik’s clever through ball after twenty five mintues to open the scoring and touched in Lorenzo Insigne’s cross early in the second half.
Roma scored a late consolation through Kevein Strootman, and threatened to bring the game level through Diego Perotti if not for Pepe Reina’s magnificent save for Napoli.
The result ensures that Napoli stays at third place as they advanced to two points behind of Roma.
Meanwhile Udinese stopped table leaders Juventus from heading to a runaway victory in the Italian top flight by forcing the Italian Champions to a 1-1 stalemate.
Napoli loanee Duvan Zapata put the hosts ahead by sprinting past Leonardo Bonucci and tucking the ball between Gianluigi Buffon’s legs.
Keen to make amends, Bonucci equalised by heading home Paulo Dybala’s free-kick — although Udinese almost won when Danilo’s header hit the post.
Although the match ended up as Juventus’ first draw in the season, they now advanced to eight points beyond closest table rivals Rome.