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      09.11.2013 10:23 - in: Serie A S

      Last-gasp winners a theme in Juve v Napoli

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      The Bianconeri have snatched victory in the final minutes at home against Napoli more than once, and on one occasion they even sealed the Scudetto in doing so

      Napoli’s last visit to Turin to take on Juventus seemed successful until the final few minutes, when a Martin Caceres header met perfectly from a corner and a stunning Paul Pogba volley from the edge of the area meant the Partenopei went home empty handed.

      In fact, late goals deciding the game have been a feature of past Juve v Napoli encounters too, a series which starts with 28 April 1957.

      The Bianconeri’s goal that day was scored by Kurt Hamrin, the right winger who would go on to star for the Sweden side eventually beaten in the final of the 1958 World Cup in which a young Pele burst onto the scene.

      When Juventus came up against Diego Maradona for the final time in 1991, it was Pierluigi Casiraghi who shook up the encounter between the two sides by squeezing the ball past Napoli goalkeeper Giovanni Galli.

      Four years later on 19 February 1995, Fabrizio Ravanelli scored the decisive strike and treated the fans to a memorable celebration as The Phantom.

      The most recent time the outcome was decided by a late goal was in the 2007/08 season, when two minutes before the final whistle the ball fell to Vincenzo Iaquinta and the Italian striker swept it past Matteo Gianello to make it 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.

      All are important goals, but none have got close to the significance of Jose Altafini’s in 1975: the Brazilian’s strike awarded Juve not only a 2-1 win in the match but also the club’s 16th Scudetto triumph.

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