Costa keeps Juve in hot pursuit of Napoli

By Daily Sports on January 23, 2018

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Brazilian Douglas Costa scored the only goal as champions Juventus kept in hot pursuit of leaders Napoli with a 1-0 against Genoa on Monday.

Napoli stayed top after the first game following the winter break when Dries Mertens ended a long goal drought in a 1-0 victory at Atalanta on Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri's side have 54 points after 21 games to stay one point ahead of Juventus.

Poland's Wojciech Szczesny continued in place of the injured Gianluigi Buffon in goal for the Turin giants, with Costa starting ahead of Federico Bernardeschi up front.

Miralem Panic missed an early chance from a free-kick awarded after six minutes when Gonzalo Higuain was fouled on the edge of the box, but Mattia Perin cleared.

But Costa broke through after 16 minutes in the Allianz Stadium and exchanged passes with Mario Mandzukic before slotting the ball past Perin.

Although Genoa had struggled for possession before the break the champions were less threatening in the second half against a side that are 15th in the league.

"I think it's a very important goal," said Costa.

"It was a difficult second half but it was important that the team did not concede a goal and brought the game home.

"We must think only of ourselves and move forward without looking at others," he said. © AFP

•Photo shows Douglas Costa.

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 23, 2018

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