Napoli bounce back from Champions League elimination to win at Juventus as Scudetto approaches

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A goal in the death of Giacomo Raspadori saw Napoli win 1-0 at Juventus on Sunday as the visitors moved closer to their first Serie A title in 33 years. Juventus saw an Angel Di Maria goal disallowed in the last ten minutes of the game before Raspadori scored the decisive goal of the game with a well-taken volley.

There was another controversial episode in the first half when Juventus defender Federico Gatti punched Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia in the face, but VAR decided not to intervene. Later, in the second half, the same VAR disallowed Di Maria’s goal for a foul in the build-up.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri spoke to DAZN after the game, but added no fuel to the controversial decision.

“The referees are very good, they performed well. The referee was very good and I congratulated him at the end of the game,” he said.

CBS Sports soccer rules expert Christina Unkel said the VAR should have recommended a red card in the Gatti-Kvaratskhelia incident:

The team led by Luciano Spalletti won a crucial match just days after being knocked out by AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. The European disappointment has caused some doubt among the fans in recent days, but Napoli reacted immediately and probably won the game that will bring the title to the Azzurri. If Lazio don’t win against Inter next Sunday in Milan, Napoli will even get the title if they beat Salernitana on Saturday.

It would be a historic event for Napoli fans as the last time they won the Scudetto was in the 1989-1990 season when Diego Armando Maradona was the star of the team.

On the other hand, the Champions League race is incredibly entertaining as Juventus are now back in the race after winning the financial mismanagement appeal and getting their 15 points back. Lazio are now second with 61 points, while Juventus are now third (59). AS Roma will play against Atalanta on Monday, while AC Milan (56) and Inter (54) are still in the race for the top four.

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