Napoli held on so long, but two goals in two minutes for Juventus decided the match between the two Serie A leaders. Although it appeared as though Angelo Alessio's substitutions were of a defensive sort, it was they who changed the game, with Martin Caceres and Paul Pogba each grabbing goals in the final ten minutes.
The home side started off brightly, with Sebastian Giovinco getting a good chance on goal within the first two minutes. The diminutive forward first cut inside, then outside, before launching his shot at the Napoli goal. Morgan De Sanctis could do nothing more than push the ball away, but his defense was standing by to clear the lines.
Napoli's best chance came in the 26th minute. Arturo Vidal fouled Gokhan Inler just outside the area. It was Edinson Cavani who stepped up to take the free kick. El Matador went for goal himself, and managed to rattle the far post.
Juve's best response of the first half occurred in added time. Stephan Lichtsteiner did well to keep hold of the ball as he worked his way through the Napoli defense, before sending on to Claudio Marchiso in the center. Marchiso sent a rocket toward goal, but a deflection allowed De Sanctis to get a finger to it and push it over the bar.
The second half started off brightly for both sides. Marek Hamsik and Goran Pandev combined to create a great opportunity, but the Macedonian was shut down by Marchisio. On the other end, just a minute later, Sebastian Giovinco should have scored for the Old Lady, but placed his shot wide.
With fifteen minutes left to play, it seemed both sides were content to settle for just a point. Walter Mazzarri showed no inclination to put on Lorenzo Insigne and provide more oomph in the attack. Alessio took off a limping Kwadwo Asamoah for Caceres, three minutes after replacing Vidal with Pogba. All signs pointed to scoreless draw.
But then it all fell apart for Napoli. In the 80th minute, the visitors conceded a corner, which is more or less an invitation for Andrea Pirlo to create a goal. The maestro whipped in a perfect ball, Caceres rose up to meet, and there was nothing De Sanctis could do about the header.
As if that weren't enough to dampen the partenopei spirits, Juve grabbed another goal less than two minutes later. Pogba pounced on a poorly cleared ball, hitting it on the volley for a fantastic strike that beat a diving De Sanctis at the far post.
The win takes Juve's unbeaten streak in the league up to 47, and gives Napoli their first loss of the season.