(Marek Hamsik of Napoli, left, competes with Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra of Udinese on February 25, 2013 in Udine, Italy. (Dino Panato/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, two stunning long-range strikes helped Lazio beat Pescara 2-0 to pass both Milan clubs to move into third place, four points behind Napoli.
Chances were few and far between in Udine with both sides having only one shot on target all night.
Napoli started with an attacking line-up and went closest in the opening period when Marek Hamsik headed straight at goalkeeper Daniele Padelli just before halftime.
Napoli has only scored one goal in the past five matches in all competitions.
“I think that if Napoli plays like we did tonight we can also put Juventus in difficulty,” Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri said. “I have to give credit to my players. Today we played a great match against a tough opponent. We were just unlucky. However, when my team plays like that I am happy, I cannot complain. We created a lot of chances, but the ball just didn’t drop for us.”
In Rome, Lazio took the lead in the 29th minute when Senad Lulic cut the ball back to Stefan Radu, who hit a screamer into the top left corner from 25 yards. It was Radu’s first Serie A goal after 119 games.
It is Lazio’s first win in six matches.
“We played a great first half today,” Lulic said. “The three points are important.
“I am happy with my goal, but the most important thing is the victory. Now we have to prepare for the match against AC Milan.”
Pescara is 19th in the table and five points off safety.
AC Milan’s Mario Balotelli silences racial taunts
Inter Milan fans waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli during Sunday’s match
Balotelli, a native of Ghana, player for Inter from 2006-2010
Balotelli, now with AC Milan, responded by holding a finger to his mouth to signal for silence
MILAN (AP) — Mario Balotelli of AC Milan was subjected to racial taunts by fans of his former club Sunday, but he kept his composure and held a finger to his mouth to signal for quiet.
Inter supporters waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli, a native of Ghana. He was facing Inter for the first time since transferring from Manchester City to Milan last month.
He gestured to the fans in the second half of a game that ended 1-1.
Balotelli had three scoring chances, notably a header on which goalkeeper Samir Handanovic made a spectacular save.
“Balotelli did very well not to react to the provocations, I’m just sorry he wasn’t able to score,” Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri said. “He had a great first half. Let’s not forget that he’s 22 years old and he was playing against his former squad. It’s to be expected that he felt pressure for this match.”
Balotelli played for Inter from 2006-10, helping the club to three titles in his final season with the team. He has four goals for Milan.
Paris Saint Germain’s David Beckham, left, runs with the ball during the League One match in Paris Sunday. Beckham made his PSG debut.(Photo: Francois Mori, AP)
Beckham makes debut as Paris SG beats Marseille 2-0
David Beckham made his debut for Paris Saint Germain Sunday
PSG defeated Marseille 2-0
Beckham came off the bench in the 76th minute and helped create a goal
PARIS (AP) — David Beckham celebrated his Paris Saint-Germain debut by helping to create the second goal as the French leaders beat bitter rival Marseille 2-0 on Sunday.
The 37-year-old former England captain came off the bench in the 76th minute of a tight match and, in stoppage time, his clever flick with the outside of his foot released fellow substitute Jeremy Menez down the left, and the subsequent cross was turned in by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
PSG took the lead in the 11th minute when Brazil winger Lucas’ shot deflected off center back Nicolas N’Koulou and wrong-footed goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.
The win keeps PSG three points ahead of second-place Lyon and eight clear of third-place Marseille.
Earlier Sunday, Lyon beat Lorient 3-1 and Bordeaux lost 2-0 at home to Brest.