Serie A roundup: Juventus edges Napoli, Fiorentina defeats Bologna

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While only two matches presented themselves on the Serie A docket on Saturday, a vital clash between top half sides stirred up some drama.

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Juventus earned a 2-1 win over Napoli to remain atop Italy’s top flight after Gonzalo Higuain netted the winner for the Bianconeri with 20 minutes remaining in regulation.

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Most of the action came in the second stanza, with Juventus pulling in front in the 50th minute by way of Leonardo Bonucci. The defender converted a fantastic volley just five minutes after halftime to give the hosts the advantage, however, it was Napoli that provided a quick response.

Jose Callejon bagged his seventh goal of the season four minutes after Bonucci to level the match at 1-1, but Higuain had the final say in the game.

The victory leaves Juventus in first in Serie A on 27 points, while Napoli now trails by seven points, sitting in third place.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina defeated Bologna, 1-0, courtesy of Nikola Kalinic’s first-half penalty kick finish.

The Viola were granted a gift around the half hour mark when Kalinic was taken down by defender Daniele Gastaldello. The Bologna player was shown a straight red card for his challenge, while Kalinic converted the ensuing attempt.

Josip Ilicic managed one of the game’s few chances when his free kick struck the crossbar in the 26th minute