Napoli Will Fight Until The End, Insists Skipper Hamsik

Juventus's Mario Mandzukic right celebrates with teammates Douglas Costa top and Paulo Dybala after scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium in Turin Italy

Juventus's Mario Mandzukic right celebrates with teammates Douglas Costa top and Paulo Dybala after scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium in Turin Italy

The Italian giants bowed out of Europe's elite club competition in midweek in agonising fashion, a last-gasp penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo proving decisive as Real Madrid progressed to the semifinals.

The hosts gradually established a pattern of dominance and Mandzukic gave them the lead on the stroke of half-time when he volleyed home from substitute Douglas Costa's cross.

Despite extending their unbeaten run to five matches, Napoli slipped further off the pace in their quest to reel in leaders Juventus.

Napoli have been held to a goalless draw by AC Milan at San Siro to leave their Serie A title hopes hanging by a thread.

Juventus's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Allianz Stadium in Turin Italy Sunday

Napoli grew into the contest after a slow start that saw their opponents have a goal ruled out for offside through Mateo Musacchio, and Pepe Reina - who will switch clubs in the summer - did well to push behind Giacomo Bonaventura's strike. Third-placed AS Roma and fourth-placed Lazio are level on 61 points after battling out a 0-0 tie. Inter are one point behind Roma and Lazio in fifth after they were held 0-0 at Atalanta.

Diabate opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half, but Matteo Politano equalised four minutes before the break.

Bologna returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over second-bottom Verona thanks to goals from top-scorer Simone Verdi and Adam Nagy.