Italian Serie A
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Napoli 5-1 Empoli

Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain headed his 22nd league goal of the season, but later came off with a back injury

Napoli came from behind to thrash Empoli and restore their two-point lead at the top of Serie A.

Juventus went top earlier in the day by winning 4-0 at Chievo and had hopes of staying there when Leandro Paredes put Empoli in front.

Gonzalo Higuain headed the home side level from a cross by Lorenzo Insigne, whose lovely free-kick made it 2-1.

Michele Camporese's second-half own goal extended Napoli's lead before Jose Callejon struck twice late on.

Camporese, making his Empoli debut after signing from Fiorentina last July, turned Callejon's low cross into his own net.

Callejon converted a far-post cross from substitute Dries Mertens to make it four, then squeezed a shot between goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and his near post

Higuain's goal was his 22nd in 22 Serie A appearances this season, and helped his team to a sixth successive league win.

But the Argentina forward was taken off in the second half, seemingly as a precaution, after he appeared to injure his back in a collision with Skorupski.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 25ReinaBooked at 34mins
  • 2HysajBooked at 39mins
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 5Marques LoureiroBooked at 45mins
  • 8Jorginho
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forLópez Silvaat 86'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 9HiguaínSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 72'minutes
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 75'minutes

Substitutes

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

Empoli

  • 28Skorupski
  • 2Laurini
  • 26TonelliBooked at 50mins
  • 31Camporese
  • 21Mário Rui
  • 17ZielinskiBooked at 36mins
  • 32Paredes
  • 5SaponaraSubstituted forBüchelat 58'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 11CroceSubstituted forKrunicat 82'minutes
  • 20Pucciarelli
  • 7MaccaroneSubstituted forMchedlidzeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pugliesi
  • 3Zambelli
  • 6Bittante
  • 9Mchedlidze
  • 13Maiello
  • 14Diousse
  • 22Piu
  • 23Pelagotti
  • 24Cosic
  • 33Krunic
  • 39Livaja
  • 77Büchel
Referee:
Davide Massa
Attendance:
39,986

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 5, Empoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 5, Empoli 1.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 5, Empoli 1. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross.

Attempt missed. Mário Rui (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Attempt blocked. Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Paredes.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. David López replaces Marek Hamsik.

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

Foul by Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli).

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 4, Empoli 1. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Rade Krunic replaces Daniele Croce.

Hand ball by Marcel Büchel (Empoli).

Attempt saved. Marcel Büchel (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniele Croce.

Booking

Marcel Büchel (Empoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marek Hamsik (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcel Büchel (Empoli).

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Daniele Croce (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

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

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

Foul by Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Gonzalo Higuaín.

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jorginho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mário Rui.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Marek Hamsik (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcel Büchel (Empoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Empoli. Levan Mchedlidze replaces Massimo Maccarone.

Attempt missed. Michele Camporese (Empoli) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Paredes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Marek Hamsik.

Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Raúl Albiol.

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

Foul by Massimo Maccarone (Empoli).

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

Attempt blocked. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuaín.

Attempt missed. Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniele Croce.

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