Italian Serie A
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Napoli 3-1 Sassuolo

Napoli
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
  • 5Allan
  • 8Jorginho
  • 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

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 3, Sassuolo 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Sassuolo 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 3, Sassuolo 1. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Callejón.

  4. Post update

    José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Federico Peluso (Sassuolo).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gregoire Defrel (Sassuolo).

  8. Post update

    Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

  9. Post update

    Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. David López replaces Marek Hamsik.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sime Vrsaljko with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

  16. Post update

    Diego Falcinelli (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sassuolo. Gregoire Defrel replaces Antonio Floro Flores because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.