Italian Serie A
NapoliNapoli5EmpoliEmpoli1
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
  • 5AllanBooked 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 5, Empoli 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 5, Empoli 1.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. David López replaces Marek Hamsik.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

  11. Post update

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

  12. 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.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Empoli. Rade Krunic replaces Daniele Croce.

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Marcel Büchel (Empoli).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marcel Büchel (Empoli).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

  20. Post update

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

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