Hope for Napoli as Juve is held 0-0 by Spal

Published 6:07 p.m. ET March 17, 2018

ROME (AP) — Just when it seemed Juventus was going to run away with the Serie A title, the Bianconeri were held to a surprise 0-0 draw at Spal on Saturday.

The result ended Juventus’ run of 12 straight wins in the league as it chases an unprecedented seventh consecutive crown.

Juventus is five points ahead of second-place Napoli, which hosts Genoa on Sunday. Spal stretched its unbeaten streak to four games to move one point above the relegation zone.

Juve created several chances but failed to find the target at Stadio Paolo Mazza.

An early effort from Alex Sandro inside the area was blocked by Filippo Costa’s last-gasp deflection.

After the break a long pass from Mattia De Sciglio set up Gonzalo Higuain inside the area but he, too, was thwarted by Spal’s defense, with Thiago Cionek intervening.

Minutes later Giorgio Chiellini dribbled from one end of…

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