Napoli 1-1 Genoa: Carlo Ancelotti’s side held by 10-man visitors

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Napoli 1-1 Genoa: Carlo Ancelotti’s side held by 10-man visitors as Juventus edge even closer to their eighth consecutive Serie A title

  • Genoa went down to 10 men on 28 minutes after Stefano Sturaro was sent off 
  • Napoli capitalised on the extra man through Dries Mertens in the 34th minute
  • But on the stroke of half-time, Darko Lazovic equalised for the visitors 

Juventus were forced to put their Serie A title celebrations on hold after second-placed Napoli drew 1-1 at home to 10-man Genoa on Sunday.

A Genoa win would have handed the Turin side an eighth successive title with a record seven matches to spare.

But Napoli’s point was just enough to keep the title race mathematically alive for at least one more week.

Darko Lazovic equalised for Genoa on the stroke of half-time against Napoli on Sunday night

Darko Lazovic equalised for Genoa on the stroke of half-time against Napoli on Sunday night

Lazovic celebrates with his team-mates after surprising the Napoli crowd at Stadio San Paolo

Lazovic celebrates with his team-mates after surprising the Napoli crowd at Stadio San Paolo 

Dries Mertens gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute against 10-man Genoa

Dries Mertens gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute against 10-man Genoa

The Belgian celebrates after putting Napoli into a commanding position in the Serie A clash

The Belgian celebrates after putting Napoli into a commanding position in the Serie A clash

Mertens drills his shot past Genoa goalkeeper Andrei Radu to give Napoli a great start

Mertens drills his shot past Genoa goalkeeper Andrei Radu to give Napoli a great start

Genoa had Stefano Sturaro sent off for a high challenge on Allan in the 28th minute — the referee changed a yellow card to a red following a VAR review — and Dries Mertens fired Napoli in front six minutes later.

But the visitors refused to give in and Darko Lazovic fired an equaliser in first-half stoppage time, leaving Juventus 20 points clear of Napoli. 

More to follow… 

Genoa's Stefano Sturaro was shown a straight red in the 28th minute against Napoli on Sunday

Genoa’s Stefano Sturaro was shown a straight red in the 28th minute against Napoli on Sunday

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