Torino Hold Napoli For Juventus

Giacomo Bonaventura

Giacomo Bonaventura

MILAN (AP) - Juventus has the champagne on ice after Napoli was held to a 2-2 draw by Torino on Sunday to all but mathematically hand the Bianconeri their seventh straight Serie A title.

After Juventus beat Bologna on Saturday, Napoli knew it needed a victory to keep the title race alive.

Dries Mertens gave the hosts the lead with a tap-in on his 31st birthday.

Torino struggled to carve out chances in the half, while Jose Callejon went close to doubling the lead just before the half-time break but his close-range strike was parried away by goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

The visiting Torino responded through Daniele who leveled the score before the visitor's substitute Marek Hamsik restored Napoli's advantage with a shot from outside the area.

Sarri said the "real turning point" was Juventus' last-gasp win over Inter Milan last weekend with two goals in the final three minutes.

Lorenzo De Silvestri proved the man to deny them on this occasion as he headed in Adem Ljajic's dipping cross seven minutes from time.

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Napoli is six points behind Juventus with two matches remaining. "It's a good base to fight for the title next season too".

Roma, two points ahead of Lazio, strengthened their grip on third place with a 1-0 win at troubled Cagliari thanks to a Cengiz Under goal after 15 minutes.

Inter moved two points behind fourth-placed Lazio, who were held 1-1 at home by Atalanta. Udinese defender Seko Fofana was sent off early in the second half for a unsafe tackle on Ivan Perisic.

Udinese slip to just a point above the drop zone, with Chievo moving ahead of them after a 2-1 win against relegation rivals Crotone.

Matteo Politano's goal midway through the second half ended Sampdoria's Europa League ambitions and secured Sassuolo safety.

Gianluca Lapadula appeared to have turned the match around four minutes later but Goran Pandev was sent off shortly after for a two-footed tackle on Bruno Gaspar.

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