Insigne Ends Penalty Hoodoo As Napoli Beats Juventus 1-0

Insigne Ends Penalty Hoodoo As Napoli Beats Juventus 1-0

MILAN: Lorenzo Insigne ended his Juventus penalty hoodoo to help Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday and avenge its Italian Super Cup defeat.

Insigne missed his previous three penalties against Juventus including last month in a 2-0 loss in the Super Cup but he converted in the 31st minute following a handball by Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini.

Napoli moved to fourth on the table, above Roma and Lazio on goal difference. It is two points below third-placed Juventus and nine below league leader AC Milan, which hosted relegation-threatened Spezia later.

It was the first league meeting between Napoli and Juventus this season. The October match in Turin was canceled due to coronavirus cases, initially earning Napoli a 3-0 default loss and a docked point. That was revoked on appeal but the match has yet to be rescheduled.

DRAWFUL TORINO

Torino drew a fifth successive match as it was held by fellow struggler Genoa to 0-0.

The result ended Genoas run of three straight victories.

Genoa defender Davide Zappacosta almost scored against his old club but his effort came off the post.

Torino crept two points above the drop zone.

Genoa is 10 points clear of danger after an impressive run since coach Davide Ballardini took charge in December.

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