Juventus close in on eighth straight Scudetto after win over Napoli

Juventus took a giant step towards their eighth successive Scudetto after defeating second-placed Napoli 2-1 at Stadio San Paolo on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men are now 16 points clear at the top of Serie A with only 12 diversions remaining.

Napoli’s chances of victory were dented early on as Alex Meret saw a red card for a challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo following a poor backpass from Kevin Malcuit.

Miralem Pjanic added insult to injury by flawlessly dispatching the subsequent free-kick.

The Old Lady’s lead was doubled from another set-piece as Federico Bernardeschi’s cross found Emre Can who headed home seven minutes before the half-time interim.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were given some expectation toward the beginning of the second half when Pjanic was given a straight red card.

Jose Callejon then reduced the deficit for Napoli on the hour-mark, starting any desire for a supernatural rebound.

On 84 minutes, Napoli were given their brilliant chance, with a foul inside the case submitted on Fabian Ruiz.

Up stepped Lorenzo Insigne, whose strike crashed off the post, all but handing Juventus one more alliance title.

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