Milan - Mario Mandzukic scored in each half as Juventus came from behind to
beat ten-man Napoli 3-1 and open up a six-point lead on Carlo
Ancelotti's side at the top of the Serie A table.
superstar Cristiano Ronaldo played a role in all three goals as
Massimiliano Allegri's side ensured a maximum 21 points after seven
Napoli are on 15 points, after falling to their second defeat of the season.
"Ronaldo is enjoying his football, he has integrated very well," said Allegri.
an extraordinary player, the passing is exceptional, and tonight was
the best Ronaldo of the season, along with the high-level half-hour in
In Turin, Ancelotti's first trip to his former club got
off to a promising start when Jose Callejon volleyed for Dries Mertens
to open the scoring after ten minutes.
But Ronaldo set up Mandzukic to head in the equaliser after 26 minutes.
momentum then swung to Juventus with a Ronaldo effort ricocheting off
the post and into the path of the onrushing Croat who tapped in four
minutes after the break.
Napoli were struggling after Portuguese left-back Mario Rui was sent off on 58 minutes for a second bookable offence.
Ronaldo headed towards goal after a corner with centre-back Leonardo Bonucci sliding in the third on 76 minutes.
think the referee made a superficial decision. Mario Rui got the second
yellow card after a good long wait to consider it," said Ancelotti.
was angry at my team because we started strong and took the lead, but
then started getting sluggish and allowed Juventus to regain their
Both teams are in Champions League action next week
with Juventus hosting Swiss club Young Boys without Ronaldo, who has a
one-match ban after he was controversially sent off in the win over
Napoli play at home against last year's runners-up Liverpool.
Lorenzo Pellegrini came off the bench and lifted Roma to a 3-1 win over
bitter city rivals Lazio to revive his side's stumbling start to the
Eusebio Di Francesco's team had plunged into crisis after a
2-0 defeat to Bologna, but have now claimed consecutive wins for the
first time this season after their 4-0 victory over Frosinone in
The win ended Lazio's four-match winning streak in Serie A
and lifts Di Francesco's side into fifth just behind their city rivals
with 11 points from seven games.
"We reacted as men today, which was what I had asked for," said Di Francesco.
performance means the team hasn't lost its identity or idea of
football. I saw the difference in their faces and their eyes today, and
it showed on the pitch."
Pellegrini came on after 35 minutes in place of Argentine Javier Pastore who hobbled off with a suspected calf injury.
the 22-year-old transformed the must-win match in the Italian capital,
opening the scoring just before half-time with a back-heel flick.
ace Ciro Immobile missed a chance for the equaliser moments later, but
made no mistake after 67 minutes with an angled drive following a howler
by Roma's Argentine defender Federico Fazio.
But minutes later
Aleksandar Kolarov fired Roma ahead again after Pellegrini won a free
kick which the Serb sent through the Lazio wall, to achieve the rare
exploit of scoring for both Roma and former team Lazio, in 2009.
made up for his earlier error with Roma's third goal, heading a
Pellegrini free kick into the far top corner four minutes from time.
hurts to lose a derby," said midfielder Marco Parolo, "but we have to
look ahead, this team has shown they are able to get up and start again.
We are still ahead of them."
Di Francesco's side take on Czech club Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Milan warmed up for their Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven with
goals in either half from Lautaro Martinez and Matteo Politano giving
them a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the San Siro.
Luciano Spalletti's Inter are fourth on 13 points ahead of Lazio (12) and Roma (11).