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Napoli All But Hand Serie A Title To Juventus

Juventus has the champagne on ice after Napoli were held to a 2-2 draw by Torino on Sunday to all but mathematically hand the Bianconeri their seventh successive Serie A title.

Napoli are six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. The two sides have the same head-to-head record – which is the next deciding factor – but Juventus has a significantly better goal difference.

Juventus can mathematically secure the title at Roma next weekend.

After Juventus beat Bologna on Saturday, Napoli knew they needed a victory to keep the title race alive but Maurizio Sarri’s side asted a couple of opportunities before taking the lead in the 25th minute.

It was Dries Mertens’ 31st birthday and Nicolas Burdisso gifted him a goal as he failed to control a backpass with two awful touches, allowing the Belgium international to pounce and end his eight game goal drought.

Torino leveled 10 minutes into the second half when Daniele Baselli’s effort was deflected in off Vlad Chiriches.

Substitute Arkadiusz Milik almost restored Napoli’s lead in the 70th minute but his powerful effort crashed off the left post.

Shortly after another substitute, Marek Hamsik, who had been on the pitch for less than two minutes, did fire Napoli in front again, curling into the right side of the net.

Milik should have sealed the result but he fired inches wide of the left post from close range and Lorenzo De Silvestri headed in the equalizer seven minutes from time.

It was be a fascinating summer in Naples. Will Maurizio Sarri be back next season, and will Napoli be able to hold onto their best players.

In the last seven seasons Napoli has finished second or third five times. But with the renewed strength in Rome and Milan, is Napoli’s time as a perennial champions league participant over?