Italian Serie A
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Napoli 3-1 Sassuolo

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Napoli host Inter Milan in the Italian cup on Tuesday

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Napoli stretched their lead at the top of Serie A after coming from behind to beat Sassuolo 3-1.

Diego Falcinelli's penalty put Sassuolo ahead but Jose Callejon headed the hosts level.

Higuain's close-range finish gave Napoli a half-time lead and his 20th of the season in injury-time gave them a fifth straight victory.

Napoli extended their advantage over Inter Milan to four points in Serie A.

There is growing belief among their supporters that Maurizio Sarri's side can claim the club's first Scudetto since 1990.

They had to show character to come from behind in the third minute when Falcinelli sent former Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina the wrong way from the penalty spot after Nicola Sansone was fouled in the area by Raul Albiol.

Napoli levelled after 19 minutes when Callejon met Lorenzo Insigne's cross to find the net with a glancing near-post header.

Higuain put them ahead with a smart close-range finish from Marek Hamsik's 42nd-minute cross.

Lorenzo Pellegrini went close with a late header for Sassuolo, who remain sixth after the end of their five-game unbeaten league run.

Higuain found the bottom corner from the edge of the area in stoppage time to complete the victory.

Meanwhile, Torino moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone with a 4-2 victory over third-bottom Frosinone.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 21ChirichesSubstituted forKoulibalyat 68'minutes
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forLópez Silvaat 87'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 9Higuaín
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 19López Silva
  • 20Dezi
  • 22Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 96Luperto

Sassuolo

  • 47Consigli
  • 11Vrsaljko
  • 20Ariaudo
  • 15AcerbiBooked at 88mins
  • 13Peluso
  • 7MissiroliSubstituted forPellegriniat 16'minutes
  • 4Magnanelli
  • 32Duncan
  • 16PolitanoSubstituted forFloro Floresat 68'minutesSubstituted forDefrelat 83'minutes
  • 9Falcinelli
  • 17Sansone

Substitutes

  • 1Pomini
  • 3Longhi
  • 5Antei
  • 6Pellegrini
  • 8Biondini
  • 10Laribi
  • 21Fontanesi
  • 79Pegolo
  • 83Floro Flores
  • 92Defrel
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
40,047

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamSassuolo
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away18

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Saturday 16th January 2016

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