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    14.06.2017 10:00 - in: Serie A S

    #LE6END Rewind: Juve 2-1 Napoli

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    Gonzalo Higuain scores the winner against his former club to secure a 2-1 victory over Napoli

    Gonzalo Higuain netted the winning goal against his former club Napoli to help the Bianconeri to a dramatic 2-1 victory over their title rivals on 29 October 2016.

    Having switched Naples for Turin during the summer, this fixture took on the intriguing sub-plot of pitting Juve’s club record signing against the side for whom he scored 91 times in three years.

    And Pipita’s clinical left-footed strike provided perfect proof of why the Old Lady were so keen to secure his services, helping them maintain top spot and extend their lead over the Partenopei to seven points and four above second-placed Roma.

    An enthralling first half would see chances come at an absolute premium, with both sides carving out only one shot on target apiece.

    Juve’s best opportunity before the break fell to Higuain, who in the 25th minute collected Sami Khedira’s ball just in front of goal and got away an effort that was blocked by the visiting defence.

    That lack of goalmouth action in the first period however was made up for early in the second, Leonardo Bonucci lashing home from close range after picking up the pieces from a corner Napoli failed to clear.

    But the Bianconeri’s lead would last just four minutes when Jose Callejon caught Lorenzo Insigne’s left-wing cross on the volley to guide home an equaliser and his seventh league goal of the season.

    With the scores level, the visitors were doing a good job of stunting many more Juve attacks. That is until the moment that would ultimately steal the headlines.

    As the clock struck 70 minutes, a lofted ball for Khedira was headed clear, but unwittingly into Higuain’s path. Time seemed to stand still as Pipita struck low and hard into the bottom corner, a goal that virtually brought the house down and allowed Juve to get their noses in front for a second occasion in the match.

    This time, Massimiliano Allegri’s men were in no mood to surrender their advantage, even if their box led a relatively charmed life in the closing stages, while, at the other end, Higuain may even have doubled his tally with a header that finished narrowly wide of the mark.

    Nonetheless, Pipita had already more than played his part in a victory of huge significance for the 2016/17 title race.

    WHAT THEY SAID

    "This victory was what Juve are all about. This team never gives up."

    L. Bonucci

    "Napoli played very well – they really do play some lovely football. However, I think we saw a different match in the second half. We upped the tempo and Napoli started to wane a little."

    M. Allegri

    “Winning is the most important thing because it shields you from criticism and allows you to work constructively without any added pressure."

    G. Buffon
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