The goals of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and the Argentine Paulo Dybala, who scored on his return after three months out, sank Naples (2-1) on Wednesday and relaunched Juventus, which reached the third position alone in Serie A.
In a direct clash for the Champions League, which measured two teams that shared fourth place, Juventus had the merit of taking advantage of their chances against a Naples that created more, but that ran into the veteran goal Gianluigi Buffon, decisive with three stops of merit at 43 years old.
Andrea Pirlo admitted in the press conference the day before that his Juventus had to maintain high concentration and get used to a different pressure, because with the title almost unattainable, it was necessary to win to avoid a historic debacle such as being left out of the next “Champions League “.
His Juventus did not play a brilliant game, but they did know how to punish the defensive indecisions of Naples. In the 13th, Federico Chiesa delved down the right wing and hung a low center that Cristiano finished off to celebrate his 25th goal of the course.
The Juventinos protested shortly after for a penalty to Chiesa and Napoli did it for another maximum penalty to Pole Piotr Zielinski. In both cases the referee had to whistle a penalty, but neither he nor the VAR decided to do so.
Napoli grew a lot at the restart, at the pace of Lorenzo Insigne, and had some good potential opportunities, but could not take advantage of them. Buffon fought off shots from Nigerian Victor Osimhen and Giovanni Di Lorenzo and kept Juventus ahead of the match in 73rd minute by Dybala.
La Joya, who had not played since January 10, jumped onto the field in 69 for Spaniard Álvaro Morata and on his first opportunity beat goalkeeper Alex Meret with an excellent curved left foot.
All of Juventus ran to embrace him after an extremely difficult season for the Argentine.
Of course, Naples achieved in 90, thanks to a penalty scored by Lorenzo Insigne, the 1-2 goal that despite not giving him points allowed him to have an advantage in direct clashes with Juventus, having won 1-0 in the first round.
Should they arrive even in the table at the end of the season, Napoli would be ahead.