5 classic encounters between Juventus and Napoli

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Serie A leaders Juventus host Napoli on Sunday night and a Bianconeri victory will fire the reigning champions seven points clear with four games remaining.

Representing the north and south of Italy, Juve and Napoli have developed a fierce rivalry, with off-pitch issues including Gonzalo Higuain’s switch from Naples to Turin creating further animosity.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five classic encounters between the clubs.

Napoli 1 Juventus 0 – November 3 1985

Soccer – Italian Serie A – Napoli v Inter Milan
Diego Maradona is arguably Napoli’s greatest ever player (Peter Robinson/EMPICS)

Juventus 1 Napoli 3 – November 9 1986

Italian Soccer – Serie A – Juventus v Avellino
Michel Platini experienced both highs and lows against Napoli during his Juventus days (Peter Robinson/EMPICS)

Napoli 2 Juventus 2 (Napoli win 8-7 on penalties) – August 27 2006

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – First Leg – Werder Bremen v Juventus – Weserstadion
Federico Balzaretti did Napoli a big favour back in 2006 (John Walton/EMPICS)

Juventus 2 Napoli 3 – October 31 2009

Soccer – UEFA Champions League – Group F – Arsenal v Napoli – Napoli Training – Emirates Stadium
Marek Hamsik has regularly tormented Juventus in his role as Napoli captain (John Walton/PA)

Juventus 2 Napoli 1 – October 29 2016

Juve recovered from that disappointing campaign to win six straight titles and, on their way to Scudetto number six, they had a little help from a former Napoli favourite. Signed amid fury from Neapolitan fans for 90 million euros in the summer, Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain lined up against his former employers in the first of four clashes between the clubs last season. ‘El Pipita’ was largely quiet while Leonardo Bonucci and Jose Callejon exchanged goals at the Juventus Stadium but, in the 70th minute, he further broke Napoli hearts by smashing home a loose ball. He did not celebrate.

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