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Serie A: Juventus and Napoli share the spoils in Turin

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AFederico Chiesa goal early in the second half cancelled out Dries Mertens‘ opener as Juventus extended their unbeaten run in Serie A to six games with a 1-1 draw with Napoli at the Allianz Stadium on Thursday evening.

Napoli are still third in the Serie A table with 40 points, while Juventus are five points behind the Partenopei in fifth position.

Juventus started off the better side with Weston McKennie heading just wide from a corner kick just five minutes in, but Napoli grew into the game and pushed for an opener of their own.

The visitors were clinical enough to convert their first quality chance in the game, with Matteo Politano teeing up Mertens who sent the ball past Wojciech Szczesny midway through the first half.

Piotr Zielinksi came close to doubling Napoli’s lead before the break, but this time Szczesny pulled off a fine save to deny the 27-year-old midfielder as the away side demonstrated their quality, dominating Juve for the most part.

Nine minutes into the second half, Chiesa unleashed a shot from the edge of the box, with the ball taking a deflection off Stanislav Lobotka on its way into the bottom corner of the net.

Despite the setback, Napoli were in control of the game after conceding the equaliser, as Juventus sat back and tried to hit on the counter.

Szczesny produced another save to deny Mertens after the hour mark, but the visitors couldn’t find a way to break down the Old Lady’s defence in the remaining minutes and the game ended in a draw.

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