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Stadio Olimpico (ATT 21,780) 17th March 2014 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: D Doveri

Torino Torino vs Napoli Napoli

Torino 0


Napoli 1

G Higuain (90)

Napoli leave it late against Torino

Last Updated: 17/03/14 10:24pm

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Gonzalo Higuain fires in the controversial winner

Gonzalo Higuain fires in the controversial winner

Gonzalo Higuain's last-gasp goal earned Napoli an unlikely three points at Torino to keep up the pressure on second-placed Roma in Serie A.

Torino, who have now lost their last four games, had the better of the match from start to finish, hitting the post twice before Higuain broke their hearts in the last minute.

The win handed Napoli a 10-point advantage over fourth-placed Fiorentina, taking them closer to a Champions League berth and keeping them in the hunt for a second-place finish which would spare them a play-off in August.

Torino coach Giampiero Ventura boldly chose to leave both Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile on the bench after a barren run, putting his faith instead in Riccardo Meggiorini and Paulo Barreto.

It seemed to be the right choice too as the Granata attack posed a greater threat than in recent weeks, when they had failed to score in three games.

Meggiorini missed the target before fizzing his next effort straight at Jose Reina. Cesare Bovo then struck the outside of the right-hand post with Reina beaten on the half-hour mark.

There was little coming from Napoli's attack until Higuain nearly got in early in the second half, shooting straight at Daniele Padelli with only his second chance of the evening.

A minute later, Meggiorini found a way through, but only hit the outside of the left-hand post with his shot.

Matteo Darmian's shot from 20 yards was subsequently tipped over as Torino continued to threaten an opening goal.

Immobile came on for the final 25 minutes and contrived to waste the best chance of the night. He received the ball from Jasmin Kurtic, but, with time on his hands, he shot first time and lifted the ball over from 10 yards out.

It proved to be a costly miss as Napoli snatched victory in the last minute.

Higuain left his marker on the ground as he raced into the penalty area, controlled the ball and fired through Padelli, who did not get enough on the shot to keep it out.

It was a cruel ending for Torino, but a vital win for Napoli.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7