Napoli rediscover title-winning form, beat Juventus 2-1

Giacomo Raspadori of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring his goal during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and Juventus at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on March 3, 2024 in Naples, Italy. 

Ten months and three coaches later, Napoli may finally have rediscovered the form that took them to last season's Serie A title.

The champions followed up their 6-1 thrashing of Sassuolo in midweek with a 2-1 victory over second-placed Juventus on Sunday.

Giacomo Raspadori snatched a late winner at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, redirecting in the rebound of Victor Osimhen's 88th-minute penalty.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia had put Napoli ahead late in the first half, before Federico Chiesa equalised with an angled shot with nine minutes remaining.

Napoli are unbeaten since Francesco Calzona replaced Walter Mazzarri as coach less than two weeks ago.

Mazzarri was hired 12 matches into the season to replace Rudi Garcia, who was chosen when Luciano Spalletti left after leading Napoli to their first Serie A title since Diego Maradona played for the club in 1990.

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Napoli, who had been on course for one of the worst title defences in league history, moved up to seventh place, while Juventus remain second despite winning just once in their last six matches.

Bologna's unexpected tilt at reaching the Champions League is growing match by match.

Thiago Motta's team produced a 2-1 comeback win at Atalanta to strengthen their hold on fourth place.

It was a sixth straight Serie A win for Bologna, who won the last of their seven titles in 1964 and last played in Europe more than two decades ago.

"I'm not even thinking about (Europe) now," Motta said.

"All we're thinking about is training and playing well."

Joshua Zirkzee and Lewis Ferguson scored three minutes apart during the second half for Bologna after Ademola Lookman had given Atalanta a first-half lead.

Italy striker Domenico Berardi exited Sassuolo's 1-0 loss at Hellas Verona in tears with a suspected torn achilles, raising the prospect he might miss the upcoming European Championship in Germany.

Returning from a separate injury in January to his left knee, which required surgery, Berardi went down in the 58th minute and immediately grasped his right ankle.

Karol Swiderski scored late with a deflected shot for Verona, to move his side one spot above the drop zone.

Cagliari won 1-0 at Empoli for their first away win of the season, while Frosinone and Lecce drew 1-1.

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