Serie A results  – Juve go 10-points clear after  30th consecutive home win; Kessie sees red as Atalanta’s win at Napoli

​SSC Napoli 0 – 2 Atalanta

Juventus 2 – 0 Empoli

  • Juventus 2 – 0 Empoli

Juventus went 10 points clear at the top of Serie A with a 30th consecutive home win as stubborn 17th-placed Empoli were eventually brushed aside.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side, going for a sixth consecutive title, went ahead when Lukasz Skorupski bundled into his own net after Mario Mandzukic’s header struck the bar shortly after half-time.

Juve had spurned several first-half chances, but Alex Sandro’s tight finish into the corner settled the points.

Roma can narrow Juve’s lead on Sunday.

Second-placed Roma play at fifth-placed Inter Milan.

Leonardo Bonucci was restored to the Juve line-up after being left out of Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Porto because of a touchline spat with Allegri in the previous Friday’s league game.

Juve, who are on track to win a third consecutive league and cup double, last dropped points at home in the league in a 1-1 draw with Frosinone in September 2015.

They were last beaten at home in the league on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, by Udinese, and this 30th straight home win adds to the Serie A record they already hold.

  • ​SSC Napoli 0 – 2 Atalanta

Atalanta had pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Napoli at Stadio San Paolo despite being down to 10 men for the closing stages.

The visitors had started the day in fifth place but would end up just three points behind Napoli, who had been out to leapfrog Roma up into second.

The Partenopei made a promising start and saw an effort from Lorenzo Insigne hit the top of the crossbar.

However, it was Atalanta who broke the deadlock on 28 minutes when defender Mattia Caldara headed in following a corner.

Napoli had a free kick from Dries Mertens pushed up onto the crossbar by Atalanta keeper Etrit Berisha.

Just after the hour, Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie was sent off after picking up two quick yellow cards.

The visitors, however, doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Caldara volleyed in from 12 yards to inflict a first Serie A defeat on Maurizio Sarri’s men in 2017.


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