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Juve And Napoli Win Ahead of Showdown

Second-half goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia saw reigning champions Juventus recover from their setback at Sampdoria last weekend with a 3-0 win over Crotone in Serie A on Sunday.

Juve could not find a way past the visitors’ defence in the first half but Croatian forward Mandzukic finally broke the deadlock seven minutes after the break when he headed in Andrea Barzagli’s cross.

De Sciglio made his mark two minutes after coming on, arrowing in his first Serie A goal from the edge of the area, before fellow sub Miralem Pjanic crossed for Benatia to tap in the third with 19 minutes left.

Victory leaves Massimiliano Allegri’s men in third place, four points behind leaders Napoli, who they travel to on Friday.

Napoli returned to the top of Serie A following a narrow 1-0 win at Udinese.

They had been overtaken by Inter Milan after the Nerazzuri’s 3-1 victory over Cagliari on Saturday evening.

The only goal came in the 33rd minute when a bewildered Gabrielle Angella brought down Christian Maggio in the box and though Jorginho’s penalty was saved by Simone Scuffet, the midfielder tucked away the loose ball.

That was enough to keep Maurizio Sarri’s side unbeaten for a 14th game and return them to the summit, two points clear of Inter.

Roma moved fourth and ahead of rivals Lazio thanks to a 1-1 draw at Genoa.

Stephan El Sharaawy had Roma ahead in the 59th minute but 10 minutes later they were reduced to 10 men.

Daniele De Rossi tangled with Gianluca Lapadula in the penalty area and was dismissed for violent conduct, before Lapadula scored from the resulting penalty to bring Genoa level.

Lazio missed the chance to move level on points with their city rivals as Khouma Babacar converted a stoppage-time penalty to snatch a 1-1 draw for Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Senegalese striker calmly sent Thomas Strakosha the wrong way from the spot in the fourth minute of stoppage time following substitute Felipe Caicedo’s adjudged foul on German Pezzella.

Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio had looked on course to bounce back from last weekend’s Rome derby defeat with victory after Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij headed home Luis Alberto’s 25th-minute free kick.

AC Milan’s hopes of remaining in contention at the top of the table took another blow as Torino held them to a goalless draw at the San Siro.

Milan have only won two of their last eight games and now sit seventh, six points behind Sampdoria in sixth, and 11 behind fourth-placed Roma.