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Napoli pip Juventus again to go top in Serie A

Milan: Napoli matched Juventus with a 1-0 win over SPAL on Monday to regain top spot in Italy from the champions who had earlier won the Turin derby by the same score.

The two Serie A pacesetters both bounced back from European setbacks to claim their ninth consecutive league wins.
Napoli -- shocked 3-1 at home by RB Leipzig in the Europa League -- stayed top with a narrow home victory at their San Paulo Stadium and injury-depleted Juventus -- held at home by Tottenham in the Champions League -- continued their derby domination of Torino 1-0.
"It was a great response because we didnt do very well Thursday," said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne.
"We know that to win the championship we have to win every game. There are 13 to go and still a long way being just one point ahead (of Juventus)." Both clubs could thank Brazilians for the three points with Alex Sandro scoring the only goal for Juventus after 33 minutes and Allan putting Napoli ahead after just six minutes.
Napoli have 66 points after 25 games with Juventus one point behind. AS Roma moved third 15 points behind the top two with a 2-0 win at Udinese Saturday as Inter Milan fell back into crisis with a 2-0 loss in Genoa.
Luciano Spallettis side, who were top of Serie A two months ago and unbeaten until December 16, are now fourth and could fall to fifth if Lazio beat Verona on Monday.
In the battle for European places Sampdoria, in sixth, travel to AC Milan, just below them, later on Sunday.
In Naples, Lorenzo Insigne hit the post after four minutes before Allan broke through after good work by Jorginho and Jose Callejon.
Callejon was denied a second by Pepe Reina who also cleared a Federico Viviani long-range effort. Marek Hamsik looked to have scored a second but he was ruled offside by the VAR.

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