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Jesus to the rescue as Napoli rally stuns Juventus

SUBSTITUTE Jesus Alberto Datolo helped a rampaging Napoli fight back from 0-2 down to triumph 3-2 at Juventus in a thrilling Italian Serie A encounter on Saturday.

The Argentine midfielder scored one goal and set up the other two to send Napoli up to joint fifth, two points behind AC Milan, which is fourth after leapfrogging Parma thanks to Marco Borriello's double in a 2-0 home win.

"When a coach makes a's so the players will respond and Datolo has done really well," Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri, who has won three out of four games since replacing Roberto Donadoni at the start of the month, told Sky television.

Juventus, second in the table, came into the game on a high after Wednesday's 5-1 thrashing of Sampdoria but left the pitch completely stunned having appeared to have the match wrapped up.

The host took the lead when David Trezeguet powered in a header 10 minutes before the break. Sebastian Giovinco doubled its advantage early in the second half.

Datolo then made an immediate impact for the Naples club moments after coming on, crossing for Marek Hamsik to score. He scrambled home the equalizer just after the hour before his ball into the box led to Hamsik grabbing the winner nine minutes from time.

Leader Inter Milan, four points above Juve, was visiting Livorno.

In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen went one point clear at the top of the Bundesliga despite conceding two late goals to draw 2-2 at Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Vicente Sanchez's 88th-minute header completed Schalke's comeback, five minutes after Kevin Kuranyi had pulled the home team back into the game.

Leverkusen has 23 points from 11 matches, two points more than fourth-placed Schalke.

Werder Bremen is second on 22 points after a stoppage-time equalizer by Aaron Hunt earned a 2-2 draw at Nuremberg.

Borussia Moenchengladbach ended Hamburg SV's unbeaten run this season with a 3-2 win. Hamburg is in third spot on 22 points.

Fifth-placed Bayern Munich drew 0-0 at VfB Stuttgart, which ended its five-match losing streak in all competitions. Battling Mainz drew 3-3 at champion VfL Wolfsburg, which is sixth on 18 points, one behind Bayern.


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