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
  • 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

Match ends, Napoli 3, Sassuolo 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Sassuolo 1.

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.

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

Foul by Federico Peluso (Sassuolo).

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

Foul by Gregoire Defrel (Sassuolo).

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. David López replaces Marek Hamsik.

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.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

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

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

Substitution

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

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

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

Foul by Diego Falcinelli (Sassuolo).

Allan (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Federico Peluso (Sassuolo).

Corner, Sassuolo. Conceded by José Callejón.

Foul by Allan (Napoli).

Antonio Floro Flores (Sassuolo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jorginho (Napoli).

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

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

Foul by Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

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

Foul by Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo).

Attempt blocked. Antonio Floro Flores (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicola Sansone.

Offside, Napoli. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but Faouzi Ghoulam is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Callejón.

Substitution

Substitution, Sassuolo. Antonio Floro Flores replaces Matteo Politano.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Kalidou Koulibaly replaces Vlad Chiriches.

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

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Saturday 16th January 2016

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