Juventus vs. Napoli: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction

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Juventus vs. Napoli: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
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Goals from Fernando Llorente, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba saw Juventus to an emphatic 3-0 win against Napoli in Serie A on Sunday, moving them within a point of league leaders Roma.

The clash of Italian titans was won by Llorente's sniper's finish early on, a Pirlo free-kick masterpiece—the latest work of footballing art by the bearded genius—and a brilliant volley by Pogba.

Rafa Benitez's Napoli had their chances but were overrun at times by Juve and struggled to breach the home side's well-organised defensive line.

Juve got off to a dream start when Isla's drive cannoned off Carlos Tevez and into Llorente's path. The Spanish international striker stole in at the far post and put his side ahead inside two minutes.

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Replays suggest Antonio Conte's team got lucky—with Llorente apparently in an offside position when the ball clipped Tevez and angled towards him. The officials missed it, however, and Llorente's goal stood.

Juve could have doubled their lead soon after, but Leonardo Bonucci was denied by a fine save from Pepe Reina in the Napoli goal.

Reina was called upon again before halftime, to save from Llorente.

Napoli started the second half brightly, with Lorenzo Insigne in particular a threat. The Italian was denied by Gianluigi Buffon soon after the interval.

Juve's second arrived after Tevez was fouled 25 yards out. Up stepped Pirlo, and his sweetly struck shot gave Reina no chance in the Napoli goal.

There was better to come. Pogba ended the game as a contest with fizzing volley that went in off the post—the latest signal of his youthful brilliance and swift development at Juve.

There was still time for Angelo Ogbonna to get himself sent off for two bookable offences, but by then the game was well won.

 

Select Player Ratings

Paul Pogba (9/10)—The young French international midfielder was quite simply outstanding. He showed all the power and poise we've come to expect.

Andrea Pirlo (8/10)—This was a typically composed and influential performance from Pirlo. His passing was sweet and his free-kick a thing of beauty.

Lorenzo Insigne (8/10)—He was Napoli's best player and a constant threat to Juve.

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