Juventus rises to Serie A summit as Napoli draws with Inter Milan

Juventus rose to the top of Serie A after Napoli were forced to a goalless draw against Inter Milan at San Siro.

Forward Paulo Dybala, who scored in Juventus’s midweek win over Tottenham, curled home a superb first-half free kick before slotting in a second just after the break from Gonzalo Higuain’s ball.

However, Higuain also missed a penalty after Dybala had been fouled.

“After the drama of Wednesday night, there was a risk that we might have gone into this match too relaxed,” Dybala said. “Instead we showed character and experience to seal all three points.”

“I’m happy to have helped the team with my goals. We’re putting pressure on our rivals and we keep moving forwards. It all depends on us now.”

Previously, Napoli had led the table by a point on Sunday morning but were deposed when Juve defeated Udinese 2-0 in the afternoon, and after they missed out on three points from their evening trip to Milan that would have restored their status as front-runners for the Scudetto.

The Azzurri could even be as far as four points adrift of Juve should the Bianconeri make the most of their game in hand against Atalanta, which takes place in Turin on Wednesday night.

Nonetheless, Napoli had started well against Inter, and the Milan team found themselves packed into their own half until the half-hour mark, although Antonio Candreva managed to send a drive inches wide of Jose Reina’s post.

Things were more even after the restart, with Slovakian centre-back Skriniar headed against the Napoli bar as Lorenzo Insigne curling the ball just off target.

The latter was also unfortunate when trying and failing to net with a volleyed swipe of Dries Mertens’ clever assist, while mistake by Napoli allowed Mauro Icardi to snaffle the ball and take aim but Reina stood firm to collect.

Inter, however, missed out on a last opportunity to score in the 86th minute when Joao Cancelo swung a free-kick into a packed Napoli box. However, Reina punched clear with confidence and the points were shared.

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