Italian Serie A

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



Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

  • 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
  • 27Kouassi


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

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 2, Roma 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Roma 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adem Ljajic (Roma).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

  15. Post update

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

  16. 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.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Vasilis Torosidis.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli).

  20. Post update

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