Juventus F.C.

Koulibaly scores twice as Napoli delay Juventus' title celebrations

Carlo Ancelotti’s side needed a victory to ensure that the Turin club, who lost 2-1 at SPAL on Saturday, would not wrap up their eighth consecutive league championship with a record six games to spare.

Two goals from Kalidou Koulibaly either side of an Arkadiusz Milik strike confirmed Chievo’s demotion despite Bostjan Cesar’s late consolation, after a miserable season in which the Verona club have recorded just one win in 32 games.

Napoli were in poor form going into the game, having lost their Europa League quarter-final first leg against Arsenal 2-0 in London last week on the back of a draw against Genoa and defeat to Empoli in Serie A. Ancelotti picked a strong team as he looked to return to winning ways ahead of his side’s second leg clash with the Premier League side at the Stadio San Paolo on Thursday.

Chievo consolation: Napoli profited from some slack finishing when Koulibaly snuck in at the front post to head in the opener from close range after 15 minutes.

Milik doubled Napoli’s lead with a curling strike into the bottom corner from outside the box midway through the second half before Koulibaly completed his brace with a low finish inside the final 10 minutes.

Domenico Di Carlo’s side have won one game, drawn 11 and lost 20 so far this season but prop up the table with just 11 points, having been handed a three-point deduction for false accounting at the start of the campaign.

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