Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 to celebrate league and cup double


By Daniella Matar ,AP

MILAN — Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday as it celebrated winning the double of the Italian league and cup in a party atmosphere in Turin.

Stefano Sturaro put Juventus in front with a spectacular first goal for the club and Simone Pepe sealed the win from the spot after Napoli defender Miguel Britos was sent off in stoppage time for headbutting Alvaro Morata.

Napoli’s Champions League hopes are all but over as it remained three points behind third-place Lazio ahead of the Rome derby on Monday. It cannot now catch second-placed Roma and needs Lazio to lose the derby to leave it all to play for when the two meet in the final match of the season.

In the evening match, Genoa snatched a late 3-2 victory over Inter Milan to boost its hopes of qualifying for Europe.

There was a special atmosphere at the Juventus Stadium, in the final home match of the season, and the team paraded the Italian Cup before kickoff, while it was presented with its fourth successive Serie A trophy after the match.

Juventus took the lead in the 13th minute with a well-worked move, which Roberto Pereyra finished off after beating the offside trap and controlling Kingsley Coman’s delightful chipped pass.

Napoli was a different side after the break as Benitez took off the disappointing Gonzalo Higuain and replaced him with Manolo Gabbiadini.

David Lopez almost gave Napoli the lead in the 69th but Buffon pulled off a fantastic to save to force the volley over the bar.

And it was Juventus which went back in front eight minutes later when Sturaro gathered with his back to goal, turned Raul Albiol and curled into the top left corner.

Napoli laid siege to the Juventus goal but Britos ended any hopes of a comeback when he deliberately headbutted Morata as the two squared up.

Pepe’s goal was his first in three years in what was almost certainly his final home match as his contract, which expires at the end of the season, has not been renewed.

In Genoa, Inter was twice pegged back in a pulsating first half.

Mauro Icardi netted his 20th goal of the season to move level with Juventus striker Carlos Tevez at the top of the scoring charts. He also had two goals ruled out in the space of 10 seconds. Rodrigo Palacio scored Inter’s other goal.

Genoa moved provisionally fifth, but could be denied entry into the Europa League should it qualify as it is appealing against a decision to deny it a UEFA license.

Inter’s hopes of qualifying for Europe grew slimmer, but it could scrape into the Europa League if Genoa’s appeal fails and Sampdoria loses both its final matches.