Juventus' Serie A title hopes fading after draw

Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus during the Serie A TIM match between Hellas Verona FC and Juventus - Serie A TIM at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on February 17, 2024 in Verona, Italy. 

Juventus' chances of catching Serie A leaders Inter Milan have been fading match by match over the last month.

The Turin club's winless streak in the league extended to four matches on Saturday when they twice had to come back from a goal down to draw at relegation-threatened Hellas Verona 2-2.

Second-placed Juventus trail Inter - who have a game in hand even after thrashing last-placed Salernitana 4-0 on Friday - by nine points.

Juventus briefly took the league lead from Inter last month when the Nerazzurri travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Italian Super Cup but then quickly dropped out of contention with a draw at home against Empoli, a loss at Inter, and then a loss at home to Udinese.

Third-placed AC Milan can move ahead of Juventus by beating neighbouring Monza on Sunday.

At Verona, Michael Folorunsho put the hosts ahead with a spectacular long-range volley early on.

Dusan Vlahovic equalised for Juventus with a penalty following a Verona handball on a shot from fellow Serbia international Filip Kostic for his seventh goal in 2024.

Tijjani Noslin restored Verona's lead after the break then Juventus equalised again from Rabiot's quick, low shot into the corner.

Defending champions Napoli needed a late score from Cyril Ngonge against Genoa to rescue a 1-1 draw at home ahead of a Champions League match against Barcelona.

Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo met a cross with a header at the far post and left it for Ngonge to turn in from the centre of the area in the 90th minute.

The draw ended a two-match losing streak for Napoli but the Partenopei extended their winless streak to five matches across all competitions - and the squad were whistled off the pitch by fans at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Morten Frendrup put Genoa ahead shortly after the break by finishing off a counterattack with a shot from the edge of the area for the Danish midfielder's first Serie A goal.

Napoli are ninth and Genoa are 12th.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen watched from the stands after last season's Serie A scoring leader returned late from the African Cup of Nations, where his Nigeria team were beaten by Ivory Coast in last weekend's final.

Napoli host Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Mario Pasalic, Teun Koopmeiners and Mitchel Bakker scored as Atalanta consolidated their hold on fourth place with a 3-0 win over Sassuolo.

Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi saved successive penalty kicks from Andrea Pinamonti after a re-kick was ordered.

Carnesecchi leaped to his left to stop the first kick then went to his right to punch away the re-do after a teammate entered the area too soon.

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