Marek Hamsik, Fabio Quagliarella and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored second-half goals on Thursday as Napoli rallied to beat Juventus 3-1 in the Serie A.
Giorgio Chiellini gave Juventus an early lead, but Napoli increased the pace of the game after halftime and its third goal took the team above Juventus into sixth place. Both sides have 47 points, but Napoli has a better head-to-head record.
Hamsik also fired a penalty over the crossbar in the 46th minute.
“The team is very united and we have often put teams in trouble,” Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said. “Tonight we showed what we are really capable of.”
Juventus took the lead in the seventh minute. Alessandro Del Piero flicked on a corner and Chiellini was left unmarked to head home from in front of goal.
Goalkeeper Alex Manninger then kept Juventus in the lead with two sharp saves. First he pushed Quagliarella’s low shot to safety, and soon after he blocked Lavezzi’s long-range effort over the bar.
Napoli had the chance to draw level straight after halftime when defender Jonathan Zebina pulled down Quagliarella, but Hamsik missed the spot kick.
Five minutes later, though, the Slovakian scored. Quagliarella took the ball off Juventus’ Mauro Camoranesi and fired a cross to the far post where Hamsik rose highest to head home.
Napoli’s Cristian Maggio had a similar chance in the 61st from Juan Zuniga’s cross, but timed his jump wrong and headed over the bar.
Quagliarella scored in the 72nd in a role reversal of Napoli’s goal. Hamsik turned creator by whipping over a cross for a stretching Quagliarella to prod home at the far post.
“Fabio has returned to his best after injury,” Mazzarri said. “He is calm and intelligent and along with all the players is playing above himself.”
Lavezzi made the result safe in the 88th by shooting low into the corner after being left unmarked by Juventus’ defense.
“Lavezzi has started to understand what he needs to do,” Mazzarri said. “In earlier matches, he wasted energy using up energy he didn’t need to. It meant he didn’t have a cool head when he was in front of goal.”
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