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Sampdoria 2-4 Napoli

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain is the top scorer in Serie A this season
Napoli's Higuain is the top scorer in Serie A this season

Serie A leaders Napoli remain top after holding off a spirited Sampdoria side to earn their fifth successive league win.

Maurizio Sarri's side, who are chasing a first Scudetto since 1990, completely controlled the match throughout.

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain fired the visitors ahead with his 21st league goal of the season after pouncing on Edgar Barreto's sloppy backpass.

Sampdoria midfielder Barreto then conceded a penalty which allowed Lorenzo Insigne to double Napoli's lead from the spot.

The visitors continued to slice open the home defence regularly without adding a third, allowing Sampdoria to halve the deficit on the verge of half-time when Joaquin Correa stroked in Carlos Carbonero's square pass.

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Diego Maradona - here challenging Milan's Carlo Ancelotti - was playing for Napoli the last time they won the Italian league title

But the hosts' task was made even harder when veteran full-back Mattia Cassani was sent off for a second booking just before the hour.

Within seconds they suffered further punishment, Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik weaving his way through the defence and poking in his fourth goal in four league matches for a 3-1 lead.

Sampdoria again moved back within a goal when Eder headed in Ricardo Alvarez's cross, only for Belgium midfielder Dries Mertens to drill in the fourth for Napoli.

Second-placed Juventus kept pace with the leaders by beating Roma in Turin later on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Champions League-chasing Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 home draw as substitute Kevin Lasagna earned 10-man Carpi a late draw.

The striker, who was playing amateur football less than two years ago, scored a stoppage-time equaliser as Inter dropped to fourth.

Roberto Mancini's side were leapfrogged by Fiorentina, who responded to back-to-back defeats with a 2-0 win over Torino.

But, despite goals from Josip Ilicic and Gonzalo Rodriguez, they remain six points adrift of leaders Napoli.

Line-ups

Sampdoria

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 2Viviano
  • 5CassaniBooked at 59mins
  • 4Moisander
  • 87Zukanovic
  • 19Regini
  • 8BarretoSubstituted forÁlvarezat 56'minutes
  • 7Lucas MartinsBooked at 45mins
  • 77Carbonero
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forIvanat 80'minutes
  • 23Éder
  • 99CassanoSubstituted forPires Ribeiroat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Puggioni
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 11Pires Ribeiro
  • 13Miguel Pereira
  • 17Palombo
  • 20Krsticic
  • 24Muriel
  • 25Álvarez
  • 26Silvestre
  • 57Brignoli
  • 95Ivan

Napoli

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31GhoulamSubstituted forStrinicat 71'minutes
  • 5Allan
  • 8JorginhoBooked at 13mins
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forEl Kaddouriat 84'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 19López Silva
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 94Chalobah
  • 96Luperto
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
22,635

Match Stats

Home TeamSampdoriaAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sampdoria 2, Napoli 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sampdoria 2, Napoli 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jorginho.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

  5. Post update

    Éder (Sampdoria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

  7. Post update

    Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Éder (Sampdoria).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Éder (Sampdoria) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Allan.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Omar El Kaddouri replaces José Callejón.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Carbonero (Sampdoria).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Sampdoria. David Ivan replaces Joaquin Correa.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Sampdoria 2, Napoli 4. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Callejón.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jorginho.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 24th January 2016

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