A loose ball bounced up into the area and the Nigerian, with his back to goal, leapt into the air and acrobatically fired past Wojciech Szczesny. Crotone remained in the drop zone, one point adrift of SPAL who drew 0-0 at home to Chievo. Udinese, who had lost their previous nine league games, stunned Napoli with a goal by Jakub Jankto four minutes before halftime. Lorenzo Insigne levelled in first-half stoppage time only for Svante Ingelsson to put the Friuli back ahead early in the second half. Defender Raul Albiol headed Napoli level a second time before goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Tonelli ensured three points for the host. There was an astonishing opening in Florence where Fiorentina goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was sent off for handling outside his area in the seventh minute.
?? Serie A:1⃣ Juventus - 85pts 2⃣ Napoli - 81pts ? Juventus host Napoli on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/4Plr4Q8pWy — bet365 (@bet365) April 18, 2018
Lazio defender Alessandro Murgia followed seven minutes later for tripping up Federico Chiesa when he had a clear run on goal and Veretout curled home the resulting free kick. Already angry over that decision, Lazio were livid when Fiorentina were awarded a contentious penalty in the 31st minute for a trip by Luiz Felipe on Cristiano Biraghi, calmly dispatched by Veretout. Disgruntled Lazio coach Inzaghi was sent off for one protest too many and missed a stunning comeback by his team as Luis Alberto curled in an exquisite free kick in the 39th minute before Martin Caceres headed Lazio level before halftime. Veretout put Fiorentina back in front with an individual goal before Lazio were awarded a penalty which was revoked by VAR for offside in the build-up. Felipe Anderson and Luis Alberto scored twice in four minutes to give Lazio the points but there were plenty of bad-tempered exchanges as Fiorentina pressed for a winner and the visitor wasted time. In other games, Champions League semi-finalist Roma beat Genoa 2-1 while Torino and AC Milan drew 1-1 after Andrea Belotti missed an early penalty for the host.
Sunday: Juventus vs. NapoliThis race just got interesting ? pic.twitter.com/mSJJj3WGxH — B/R Football (@brfootball) April 18, 2018
RESULTS Benevento 0 Atalanta 3 (Freuler 21, Barrow 49, Gomez 67) Sampdoria 1 (Zapata 90+3) Bologna 0 Crotone 1 (Nwankwo 65) Juventus 1 (Sandro 16) Torino 1 (De Silvestri 70) Milan 1 (Bonaventura 9) Roma 2 (Under 17, Zukanovic 52-og) Genoa 1 (Lapadula 61) SPAL 0 Chievo 0 Napoli 4 (Insigne 45+2, Albiol 64, Milik 70, Tonelli 75) Udinese 2 (Jankto 41, Ingelsson 55) Fiorentina 3 (Veretout 16, 31-P, 54) Lazio 4 (Alberto 39, 73, Caceres 45, Anderson 69) Verona 0 Sassuolo 1 (Lemos 38) POINTS TABLE Teams P W D L GD Pts Juventus 33 27 4 2 59 85 Napoli 33 25 6 2 47 81 Roma 33 19 7 7 25 64 Lazio 33 19 7 7 36 64 Inter 33 17 12 4 32 63 Milan 33 15 9 9 7 54
Jordan Veretout has now scored ten goals this season for Fiorentina in just 34 games. Reminder, he played 29 games for Aston Villa and scored no goals. pic.twitter.com/VPqwzgjnA3— bet365 (@bet365) April 18, 2018