Napoli’s unexpected loss means Juventus is only two wins away from clinching a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.

Injury-depleted Napoli was beaten 2-1 at relegation-threatened Empoli on Wednesday.

Juventus, which won 2-0 at Cagliari on Tuesday, leads Napoli by 18 points with eight rounds remaining and the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker, too.

Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)
Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)

If Juventus beats AC Milan on Saturday and Napoli lose again to Genoa a day later, Juventus could clinch the title this weekend.

Napoli, which visits Arsenal in the Europa League quarterfinals next week, has a long list of injured players: Lorenzo Insigne, Faouzi Ghoulam, David Ospina, Amadou Diawara, Raul Albiol and Vlad Chiriches.

Empoli, which also played well in a 1-0 loss to Juventus at the weekend, went ahead when a deflected shot from Diego Farias confused goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Empoli's Diego Farias, left, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)
Empoli’s Diego Farias, left, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)

Piotr Zielinski equalized with a long-range blast before the break and didn’t celebrate — as promised — against his former club.

An uncharacteristic defensive lapse contributed to Empoli’s winner, as Giovanni Di Lorenzo was left unmarked to head in from a corner.

Empoli could have had another but Meret did well to rush forward and deny Farias on a counterattack.

Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik is challenged by Empoli's Rade Krunic, right, during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)
Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik is challenged by Empoli’s Rade Krunic, right, during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Napoli at Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)

Empoli moved one point above the drop zone.

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