Napoli stumble at Empoli to allow Juventus put one hand on title
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Napoli stumble at Empoli to allow Juventus put one hand on title

Empoli's Marko Pajac (left) and Napoli's Kevin Malcuit.

Empoli's Marko Pajac (left) and Napoli's Kevin Malcuit.

Napoli fell 2-1 to relegation candidates Empoli on Wednesday opening the way for Juventus to claim an eighth consecutive Serie A title from as early as this weekend.

"We deserved to lose," said Ancelotti after his side's fifth defeat this season, as they prepare for next week's Europa League quarter-final against Arsenal.

"We have to roll up sleeves and think about the next game. We were messy, inattentive, we didn't follow plans.

"It's not a defence problem, it was a subdued performance in general."

Diego Farias opened after 28 minutes for the hosts in Tuscany with a shot which took a deflection off Napoli's Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Former Empoli loanee Zielinski made up for his error just before the break with a superb shot from distance to level the tie.

But Giovanni Di Lorenzo sealed a precious three points for Empoli on 53 minutes, with the strugglers holding on to move out of the bottom three.

It was just the seventh win this season for Empoli.

 

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