ROME (AFP) Napoli held leaders Inter Milan to a 0-0 draw in a pulsating encounter in Naples to give the champions title rivals a boost on Sunday. Earlier in the day Italian veteran Alessandro Del Piero scored a controversial late spot-kick to give out-of-form Serie A giants Juventus a much-needed 3-2 victory over Genoa. Napoli had the best of Sunday nights game at the San Paolo stadium, hitting the woodwork twice to Inters once, but the champions held on to extend their lead over Roma to seven points, although AC Milan could cut that to six if they win their game in hand. Inter coach Jose Mourinho admitted Napoli deserved something from the game but said his side should have had a penalty when a Maicon cross hit Salvatore Aronicas arm in the box in the first half. I think the referee was excellent today. If you forget that little big episode in the first half, he did very well, said Mourinho. He made a mistake but Napoli didnt deserve to lose. The draw pushed Napoli back up to fourth and the last Champions League qualification spot although three more teams are within just two points of them. Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri, whose side have lost only once in 17 league matches under his stewardship, believed they deserved more. Im happy with the way my players played, we deserved to win, he said. But thats destiny, sooner or later the ball will go in. Weve hit the woodwork five times in two games and only got one point. Napoli had felt hard done by a week ago when they were beaten 3-1 at Udinese by two injury-time goals, having been reduced to 10 men before half-time. And they began this game like a team eager to make amends with Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik smacking a long-range shot against the bar on 10 minutes. Three minutes later Fabio Quagliarella fired into the side netting when left free at the back post. Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar was then the hero on 19 minutes with a stunning reaction save to deny German Deniss flying header from Hamsiks right-wing cross. The visitors did have their moments and on the half hour Sulley Muntari caught the ball sweetly on the half-volley just outside the area and he too thudded the woodwork. Inter forward Goran Pandev should have done better when set free in the area by McDonald Mariga after the break but he shot too close to Morgan De Sanctis. Diego Milito than forced the Napoli stopped into a save at his near post and Walter Samuel headed over the bar. But back came Napoli and Quagliarella hit a daisy-cutter against the post on 65 minutes only for Denis to woefully skew the rebound high and wide with the goal at his mercy. Napoli kept pushing and Hamsik was left kicking himself after firing wide from Deniss knock-down when promisingly placed 11 minutes from time. In Turin, 35-year-old Del Piero scored a brace while Brazilian striker Amauri added the other as the Old Lady came from behind to record only their fourth win in 15 matches in all competitions and give coach Alberto Zaccheroni his first win in the three matches he has been in charge. But Genoa were furious that Juve were awarded the 78th-minute penalty that proved decisive. From where I was I didnt see it, but Ive been told that it was offside, it was outside the area and it wasnt a foul, complained Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini. Theres at least one mistake and maybe three, all in the same action. Juventus coach Zaccheroni admitted the incident had occurred outside the area. I agree that it was outside the area but its always difficult for the referee to see in these cases, he said. Genoa took an early lead in Turin through club captain Marco Rossi, but Amauris 42nd-minute headed equaliser from Mauro Camoranesis cross drew Juve level. The hosts took the lead just after the hour mark as Diegos delicate backheel split the Genoa defence allowing Del Piero to score his 271st goal for the club. However, they had barely stopped celebrating before the game was level again as Rossi struck for a seocnd time. Juventus, though, had the last laugh as Del Piero tumbled under a challenge and got up to convert the penalty for 3-2. New boss Edy Reja had an immediate impact at Lazio as they climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Parma. Bridges out of Jets A-League playoff campaign English striker Michael Bridges will miss the Newcastle Jets Australian A-League playoffs after tearing a muscle in training, the club said on Monday. The former Leeds United forward underwent scans that revealed he had a torn one of the quadricep muscles in his right leg. The injury for Bridges, who has scored six goals in 15 appearances this season, comes just ahead of the Jets elimination playoff against Gold Coast United on Saturday, officials said. The club said the star will not require surgery at this stage, but he faces a six-week recovery period. It is a blow for the sixth-placed Jets, who have lost their last four A-League games and went down to the competition wooden spooners Adelaide United 2-1 in their final home match of the season last weekend.