Napoli beats Pescara 3-0 to keep title race alive

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm •  Published: April 27, 2013
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MILAN (AP) — Napoli beat Pescara 3-0 in the Serie A on Saturday to postpone Juventus' title celebrations for at least another week.

Second-half goals from Gokhan Inler, Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili left Napoli provisionally eight points behind league leader Juventus, with four rounds remaining.

The result means Juventus cannot secure a 29th title against Torino on Sunday and the defending champion will have to wait until next week's game against Palermo at least.

Napoli is also 10 points ahead of AC Milan, which hosts Catania on Sunday, in the race for direct entry into the Champions League.

"We should have unlocked this game immediately, but (goalkeeper Ivan) Pelizzoli was really good," Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said. "I'd highlighted the importance of this game, the lads were a bit nervous. But then everything relaxed after the first goal.

"We had a bit of a dip, now we're back to form again. We've done better than last year but Juve has, too. We'll see if we can reduce the gap with Juve. We have taken an important step towards the Champions League."

Pescara was bottom of the league, eight points off safety.

Earlier, Udinese kept its hopes alive of securing a Europa League berth with a 1-0 win against Cagliari, picking up its fourth consecutive victory.

Cagliari striker Mauricio Pinilla was sent off in stoppage time after flying into the back of Giampiero Pinzi.