Juventus' winning run comes to an end against Napoli

November 6, 2006

ROME, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Juventus's eight-match winning run in Serie B ended on Monday with a 1-1 draw at Napoli.

Alessandro Del Piero put the visitors ahead with a free kick in the 67th minute and Napoli midfielder Mariano Bogliacino equalised six minutes later.

The result gave Juventus 17 points after 10 matches, three points behind division leaders Genoa. Napoli are close behind on 16 points.

Some 65,000 spectators packed the San Paolo stadium to watch two of the greatest clubs in Italian football slug it out in a league match for the first time since February 2001, when Napoli lost 3-0 to Juventus on the way to relegation from Serie A.

On that occasion, Del Piero got Juve's third goal. The 31-year-old striker simply picked up where he left off, harrying Napoli's back four and forcing defender Ruben Maldonado into the foul from which he curled in his free kick.

The goal injected new urgency into Napoli's game. Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon did well to keep out a close-range header by Emanuele Calaio.

In the 73rd minute, however, Maldonado made up for his earlier mistake by flighting the ball to the far post for Bogliacino to volley crisply past Buffon, the first goal the Italy keeper had conceded in eight games.