Italian Serie A
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Napoli 2-0 Roma

Gonzalo Higuain
Napoli and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has now scored five times in his last three Serie A games

Rafael Benitez's Napoli went third in Serie A with victory over Roma.

Gonzalo Higuain gave the hosts an early lead with an acrobatic volley from six yards following Lorenzo Insigne's deflected shot.

Roma, who started the day as joint leaders with Juventus, had chances but Alessandro Florenzi shot wide and also had a shot saved by Rafael Cabral.

But Jose Callejon sealed the win when he collected Higuain's pass and fired past goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.

It was a deserved victory for Benitez's team, who saw Callejon and Marek Hamsik hit the woodwork, while Callejon also had an effort cleared off the goalline.

The defeat means Roma have now only won two of their past seven matches in all competitions and they are away at German champions Bayern Munich in a vital Champions League tie on Wednesday.

Spanish striker Callejon, Serie A's top goalscorer this season, grabbed his eighth league goal in 10 matches as Napoli clinched their third successive home league win.

The 27-year-old will be hoping to receive his first international cap later this month when his country play a Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on 15 November and a friendly against world champions Germany three days later.

Rafael Benitez and Rudi Garcia
Napoli boss Rafael Benitez hugs Roma coach Rudi Garcia before the game at the Stadio Sao Paolo
Jose Callejon
Jose Callejon's late goal means Napoli have scored nine times in their last three Serie A matches
Napoli v Roma
Roma included ex-Arsenal striker Gervinho, but another former Gunner, Ashley Cole, was a substitute
Paolo Tagliavento
During the match, a laser from a supporter was shone in the face of referee Paolo Tagliavento

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 1Barbosa
  • 11MaggioBooked at 40mins
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 19López SilvaBooked at 68minsSubstituted forInlerat 80'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forGarganoat 66'minutes
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 72'minutes
  • 9Higuaín

Substitutes

  • 4Henrique
  • 5Britos
  • 6de Guzmán
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Colombo
  • 16Mesto
  • 21Michu
  • 22Radosevic
  • 45Andujar
  • 77Gargano
  • 88Inler
  • 91Zapata

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 35TorosidisSubstituted forLjajicat 84'minutes
  • 44Manolas
  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 25HolebasBooked at 26mins
  • 15Pjanic
  • 20Keita
  • 4NainggolanBooked at 73mins
  • 24FlorenziBooked at 42minsSubstituted forIturbeat 64'minutes
  • 10TottiSubstituted forDestroat 65'minutes
  • 27Gervinho

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 7Iturbe
  • 8Ljajic
  • 16De Rossi
  • 22Destro
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 48Ucan
  • 50Somma
  • 82Emanuelson
  • 91Calabresi
  • 96Sanabria
Referee:
Paolo Tagliavento
Attendance:
30,157

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 2, Roma 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Roma 0.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

Walter Gargano (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli).

Attempt blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

José Holebas (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Foul by Adem Ljajic (Roma).

Gökhan Inler (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Roma 0. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Vasilis Torosidis.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli).

Attempt missed. José Holebas (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Walter Gargano (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Gökhan Inler replaces David López.

Offside, Napoli. Jorginho tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Radja Nainggolan.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Jorginho (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by José Holebas.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Walter Gargano.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by José Holebas.

Booking

David López (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David López (Napoli).

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Christian Maggio (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Walter Gargano replaces Marek Hamsik.

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