Italian Serie A
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Napoli 2-0 Hellas Verona

Kalidou Koulibaly heads in for Napoli
Napoli have only lost one league game this season, at home to Juventus in December

Napoli will take a one-point lead over champions Juventus into Serie A's winter break after both sides won on Saturday.

Goals from Jose Callejon and Kalidou Koulibaly gave Napoli a comfortable victory over 19th-placed Hellas Verona.

Juventus then earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cagliari thanks to Federico Bernardeschi's 74th-minute strike.

That means Juve, who have won the past six titles, are unbeaten in seven games, winning six of them.

Elsewhere, Roma missed the chance to climb back into the top four as they lost 2-1 at home to Atalanta.

There is now a two-week break in the Italian top flight with the next fixtures taking place on 21 January.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 23Hysaj
  • 33AlbiolSubstituted forMaksimovicat 85'minutes
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forZielinskiat 77'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 14Mertens
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forRogat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 11Maggio
  • 15Giaccherini
  • 18do Nascimento
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Sepe
  • 30Rog
  • 37Ounas
  • 42Diawara
  • 62Tonelli

Hellas Verona

  • 1Andrade
  • 28FerrariBooked at 83mins
  • 75Heurtaux
  • 12Caracciolo
  • 26CáceresBooked at 67mins
  • 7VerdeSubstituted forFelicioliat 82'minutes
  • 24BessaBooked at 34minsSubstituted forCalvanoat 77'minutes
  • 77Büchel
  • 93Fares
  • 2Orestes CaldeiraBooked at 47mins
  • 9KeanSubstituted forPazziniat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Zuculini
  • 8Fossati
  • 11Pazzini
  • 14Zuculini
  • 17Silvestri
  • 21Lee Seung-Woo
  • 23Calvano
  • 27Valoti
  • 37Bearzotti
  • 40Coppola
  • 69Souprayen
  • 97Felicioli
Referee:
Rosario Abisso
Attendance:
39,580

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamHellas Verona
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home24
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 2, Verona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Verona 0.

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jorginho with a through ball.

Offside, Napoli. Elseid Hysaj tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Nícolas.

Attempt saved. Jorginho (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Callejón.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Thomas Heurtaux.

Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Napoli).

Alex Ferrari (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Marko Rog replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

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

Foul by Mohamed Fares (Verona).

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Nikola Maksimovic replaces Raúl Albiol.

Booking

Alex Ferrari (Verona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Ferrari (Verona).

Attempt saved. Giampaolo Pazzini (Verona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Fares with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Gian Filippo Felicioli replaces Daniele Verde.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Verona 0. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Simone Calvano replaces Daniel Bessa.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Piotr Zielinski replaces Marek Hamsik.

Foul by Mário Rui (Napoli).

Mohamed Fares (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Allan (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Marcel Büchel (Verona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Mohamed Fares.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Martín Cáceres (Verona) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match (Napoli). Video Review.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 1, Verona 0. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mário Rui with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Thomas Heurtaux.

Offside, Napoli. Allan tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by José Callejón.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Moise Kean.

Hand ball by Mário Rui (Napoli).

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 6th January 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli20163144133151
2Juventus20162249153450
3Inter Milan20126235152042
4Lazio19124348242440
5Roma19123430141639
6Sampdoria199373629730
7Atalanta208663126530
8Udinese199193327628
9Fiorentina207762921828
10Torino2061042827128
11AC Milan208482527-228
12Bologna2073102330-724
13Chievo205782032-1222
14Genoa205691622-621
15Sassuolo2063111330-1721
16Cagliari2062121831-1320
17SPAL2036112138-1715
18Crotone2043131338-2515
19Hellas Verona2034131841-2313
20Benevento2021171343-307
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