Rattled Juve close gap on Napoli

November 06, 2017


Last-place Benevento threatened a major shock in Turin before Juventus eventually fought back to win 2-1 yesterday and close the gap on leaders Napoli in a tight Serie A table.
Benevento had not picked up a single point in their previous 11 league games - the worst start in the division's history - but took a surprise lead through Amato Ciciretti in the 19th minute.
That lead lasted nearly 40 minutes before Gonzalo Higuain leveled. Juan Cuadrado scored what was to prove the winner in the 65th.
"We went behind with the only shot we allowed our opponents, but we kept our heads. It seemed like a cursed match, the ball didn't want to go in, but we managed to turn it around," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
"The season is long, we have to maintain the speed of a cruise ship because too many ups and downs are not positive. It will be a battle right until the final day."
Juventus moved into second spot, a point behind Napoli, which were held 0-0 at Chievo Verona.
Inter slipped to third, two points behind Napoli, after drawing 1-1 at home to Torino.
Lazio were four points behind after their home match against Udinese was postponed because of heavy rain in the Italian capital.
Roma set a Serie A record with their 12th consecutive away victory as they won 4-2 at Fiorentina.
Gerson scored twice, his first goals for Roma, but Fiorentina leveled twice through Jordan Veretout and Giovanni Simeone.
Kostas Manolas and Diego Perotti netted after the break.

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