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Insigne ends penalty hoodoo as Napoli beats Juventus 1-0

Lorenzo Insigne ended his Juventus penalty hoodoo to help Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday and avenge its Italian Super Cup defeat.

Insigne missed his previous three penalties against Juventus — including last month in a 2-0 loss in the Super Cup — but he converted in the 31st minute following a handball by Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini.

Napoli moved to fourth on the table, above Roma and Lazio on goal difference. It is two points below third-placed Juventus and nine below league leader AC Milan, which hosted relegation-threatened Spezia later.

Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne scores the first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Alessandro GarofaloLaPresse via AP)

It was the first league meeting between Napoli and Juventus this season. The October match in Turin was canceled due to coronavirus cases, initially earning Napoli a 3-0 default loss and a docked point. That was revoked on appeal but the match has yet to be rescheduled.

DRAWFUL TORINO

Torino drew a fifth successive match as it was held by fellow struggler Genoa to 0-0.

Napoli's coach Gennaro Gattuso shouts instructions to players during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Alessandro GarofaloLaPresse via AP)

The result ended Genoa’s run of three straight victories.

Genoa defender Davide Zappacosta almost scored against his old club but his effort came off the post.

Torino crept two points above the drop zone.

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, center right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Alessandro GarofaloLaPresse via AP)

Genoa is 10 points clear of danger after an impressive run since coach Davide Ballardini took charge in December.

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Napoli's Giovanni Di Lorenzo, left, and Juventus' Federico Chiesa, right, compete for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Alessandro GarofaloLaPresse via AP)

Juventus' Alvaro Morata, left, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Juventus at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Alessandro GarofaloLaPresse via AP)

Torino's Andrea Belotti, left, and Genoa's Edoardo Goldaniga vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino and Genoa at the Olimpico Grande Torino stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Marco AlpozziLaPresse via AP)

Torino's Sasa Lukic, right, and Genoa's Nicolò Rovella, vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino and Genoa at the Olimpico Grande Torino stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Marco AlpozziLaPresse via AP)