Torino Frustrate Leaders Juve, Napoli Cruise Past Cagliari

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Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was proud of his players after their 1-1 draw with Juventus.

With Gonzalo Higuain's stoppage time equaliser they extended their unbeaten home record in the league to a staggering 84 games, but their local rivals very almost left with a shock win.

Massimiliano Allegri has distanced Juventus from a move for Torino striker Andrea Belotti, suggesting the Italy star would not be compatible in attack with Gonzalo Higuain.

Juve looked set to take nothing from the match, which came days after they earned a two-goal advantage over Monaco in their Champions League semi-final tie, with the return leg on Tuesday.

Relatively Torino I want to say that the team this season was pretty good, although the potential is slightly larger than the place in the middle of the standings.

"Juventus have created a lot".

It means Juventus will have to wait until at least next week, when they travel to Roma, before even thinking about making plans to celebrate a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

But Argentine striker Higuain smashed in a low finish on 91 minutes to preserve their unbeaten home record.

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Allegri said after beating Monaco. "He's scored an important goal for us, he's playing for Juve and we're all happy".

Napoli moved two points clear of Roma, who slipped into third, ahead of their match with AC Milan on Sunday.

Mertens took less than two minutes to celebrate his birthday with the opening goal, getting in front of his marker to fire home Faouzi Ghoulam's cross for Napoli's 100th goal in all competitions.

Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and captain Marek Hamsik, with a spectacular lob from midfield that nearly beat out-of-position 'keeper Rafael, all came close in a one-sided opening half.

Mertens doubled his tally four minutes after the break, with a precise shot into the bottom left corner.

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This post was syndicated from The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper.

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