Napoli pile misery on Juve
Napoli leapfrogged Juventus in the Serie A standings after coming from behind to beat the Old Lady 3-1.
Last Updated: 25/03/10 10:45pm
Napoli leapfrogged Juventus in the Serie A standings after coming from behind to beat the Old Lady 3-1 at Stadio San Paolo.
Giorgio Chiellini had given the visitors an early lead, but an out-of-sorts Juve were undone by goals from Marek Hamsik, Fabio Quagliarella and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Alberto Zaccheroni's side have had a nightmare 11 days which have seen them throw away a 3-0 lead to draw with lowly Siena, suffer a 4-1 mauling at Fulham as they were dumped out of the Europa League and lose to Sampdoria.
And this result will have done little to lift the gloom over the Bianconeri as they drop to seventh in the table, three points adrift of the fourth and final UEFA Champions League place currently held by Palermo and outside the Europa League places on goal difference.
Chiellini gave Juve a seventh-minute lead when the defender nodded home a free-kick from close range following poor defending by the home side.
Napoli should have been level seconds after the start of the second half when Jonathan Zebina brought down Quagliarella in the area, receiving a yellow card for his troubles, but Hamsik's spot-kick came back off the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
The hosts had their equaliser five minutes later. Quagliarella, who proved a thorn in the side of the Juve defence throughout, got free down the left and whipped in a superb pinpoint cross that Slovakia star Hamsik headed home to atone for his miss from the spot.
The roles were then reversed in the 72nd minute as Hamsik rolled the ball across the six-yard box for Quagliarella to stretch out and prod the ball home with his left foot.
And Juventus' embarrassment was complete two minutes from time as Lavezzi went through on goal to coolly slot the ball beyond Alex Manninger.