Television viewers sat back with popcorn as Torino head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and pundit Gianluca Vialli got into a heated on-air row following Saturday's Turin derby.
Substitute Gonzalo Higuain's stoppage-time strike earned Juventus a 1-1 draw in an enthralling Serie A clash against city rivals Torino.
With Afriyie Acquah already on a yellow, the highly rated Ghanaian midfielder lunged into a challenge on Mario Mandzukic that saw him send off. What is the fourth official there for?
"I went over the top, I know that, but it was an unjustifiable error". I went to the fourth official and asked why don't you help the referee? What are they doing? Leave them in peace and show them respect, even if they are our bitter enemies. "The mistake changed the match, that's clear".
But the result ended Juventus' 33-game home winning streak, with the last time they failed to secure all three points in front of their own supporters coming September 23, 2015, against Frosinone. But it was still on the brink of an unprecedented sixth successive Serie A title.
Napoli's win took them on to 77 points from 35 games, two more than AS Roma who visit AC Milan on Sunday.Читайте также: Relatives of jailed Venezuelan dissident seek global action
There are just three rounds remaining.
Mertens doubled his tally four minutes after the break, with a precise shot into the bottom left corner. Acquah's first booking was considered harsh, too, as video replays showed he did not elbow Dybala.
Miralem Pjanic flicked the ball to Higuain on the edge of the area and the Argentina worldwide fired a right-footed strike into the bottom left corner.
Napoli, only one point behind in third place, will move into the league's second automatic Champions League qualifying spot with a win at home to Cagliari on Saturday. "Since I've been here he's played in every position and he's done so in an extraordinary way".
Napoli dominated and had chances to take the lead, with delightful interplay between Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, and Jose Callejon.
Napoli were so confident and dominant that Marek Hamsik tried to score from near the halfway line after seeing goalkeeper Rafael off his line but his effort landed on the roof of the net.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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