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Higuain punishes former club

Higuain punishes former club

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain punished his former club with an early goal in a 1-0 win at Serie A leader Napoli on Friday (Dec 1) that tightened the title race.

Gonzalo Higuain scored against his former club as champions Juventus ended Napoli's unbeaten start in Serie A to close the gap to one point at the top. The Argentina striker, 29, who was a doubt after hand surgery during the week, scored the only goal when he slammed home a pass from Paulo Dybala.

Pepe Reina made a great reflex save to deny Blaise Matuidi a second. Napoli were disappointing and Lorenzo Insigne wasted several chances before coming off injured late on.

The hosts, who have not won the league since 1990, have been excellent all season and picked a bad night to have such a poor performance, with too many misplaced passes and weak shots.

Insigne, who was injured in a collision with veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon, had several half-chances saved by his former Italy team-mate -- and went closest when he fired just wide from an angle.

Juventus, Napoli and Roma will each attempt to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages next week. Juventus visits Olympiakos, Napoli plays at Feyenoord and Roma hosts Azerbaijani side Qarabag.