When they went 2-1 down to 10-man Inter Milan at San Siro on Saturday, it looked as if the door was about to open for Napoli to win their first scudetto since 1990.
As so often in Serie A, there were recriminations, centring on referee Daniele Orsato's decision to send off Inter midfielder Matias Vecino in the 15th minute at San Siro but to allow a reckless body-check by Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic to go unpunished.
The Turin side were facing an embarrassing defeat which would have left the door open for title rivals Napoli until Juan Cuadrado's shot went in off Milan Skriniar with three minutes left and Gonzalo Higuain headed a victor at a stunned San Siro.
Maurizio Sarri's second-placed Napoli could cut the gap on Juventus to just one point when they visit Fiorentina this morning (Singapore time). Max Allegri's team stormed back late as they ended up winning 2-3.
Juve failed to impress as they played with a one-man advantage for more than one hour but did take the lead through Douglas Costa on 13 minutes when he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.
"If we win our remaining games, we will achieve a points record which in itself will be very satisfying", he said. "I think they came to encourage us, they did a good thing", revealed veteran defender Andrea Barzagli to Sky Italia.
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Juventus thought they had scored a second just before half-time but the video assistant referee (VAR) showed Blaise Matuidi was offside when he found the net. Gonzalo Higuaín headed the victor in the 89th minute.
"Football is a sport of passion".
Inter will definitely need to bounce back quickly if they are to keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish, as they are now one point behind fourth-placed Lazio, who also have a game in hand.
Roma moved three points clear of Lazio and now look ahead to Wednesday's Champions League semi-final at home to Liverpool, who won the first leg 5-2.
The hosts dominated even after Brazilian defender Juan Jesus was sent off for fouling Inglese and Alisson saved the resulting penalty, with El Shaarawy and Dzeko adding two more within 10 minutes. "Us with the voices, you with the heart, let's win it!", read a banner displayed by the Drughi Ultras group.