Italian Serie A
Cagliari0Napoli5

Cagliari 0-5 Napoli

Napoli
Dries Mertens stabbed in the second - no Belgian has scored more goals in Europe's top five leagues this season

Napoli made it 10 league wins in a row as they moved four points clear at the top of Serie A by thumping Cagliari.

Juventus had their game against Atalanta postponed on Sunday because of snow and Napoli took full advantage.

Jose Callejon opened the scoring with a curler, before Dries Mertens stabbed in his 15th of the season at the near post and Marek Hamsik bent in a fine goal.

Lorenzo Insigne added a penalty and Mario Rui then scored a stunning last-minute free-kick.

Napoli have not won the league since 1990, when Diego Maradona was playing for them.

They have only lost once all season - to Juventus in December - and were in frightening form in Cagliari.

Napoli went out of the Europa League last Thursday, so can focus on Serie A, while Juve, who have won the league for each of the past six seasons, must contend with a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham in the Champions League.

With games against top-five sides Roma and Inter up next, Maurizio Sarri's side could face a vital few weeks.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 28Cragno
  • 13Romagna
  • 23Ceppitelli
  • 15Castan da SilvaBooked at 71mins
  • 16Faragò
  • 18BarellaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDeiolaat 77'minutes
  • 20PadoinSubstituted forIonitaat 59'minutes
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão
  • 22Lykogiannis
  • 32HanSubstituted forCossuat 62'minutes
  • 30Pavoletti

Substitutes

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 3Andreolli
  • 4Dessena
  • 7Cossu
  • 9Giannetti
  • 12Miangue
  • 21Ionita
  • 24Valencia
  • 25Sau
  • 26Crosta
  • 27Deiola
  • 38Caligara

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 23HysajSubstituted forMaggioat 73'minutes
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 31mins
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8JorginhoSubstituted forDiawaraat 75'minutes
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7Callejón
  • 14MertensSubstituted forZielinskiat 64'minutes
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 11Maggio
  • 19Milic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 22Sepe
  • 27Machach
  • 30Rog
  • 37Ounas
  • 42Diawara
  • 62Tonelli
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
13,757

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home7
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 0, Napoli 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 0, Napoli 5.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 0, Napoli 5. Mário Rui (Napoli) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Castán (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Filippo Romagna (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by João Pedro.

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

Foul by Andrea Cossu (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Alessandro Deiola replaces Nicolò Barella.

Attempt missed. Mário Rui (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Amadou Diawara replaces Jorginho.

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

Foul by Nicolò Barella (Cagliari).

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

Foul by Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Christian Maggio replaces Elseid Hysaj.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 0, Napoli 4. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Video Review: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field stands.

Delay in match (Napoli). Video Review.

Booking

Leandro Castán (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Penalty conceded by Leandro Castán (Cagliari) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

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

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by José Reina.

Attempt saved. Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Piotr Zielinski replaces Dries Mertens.

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

Foul by Charalampos Lykogiannis (Cagliari).

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Andrea Cossu replaces Han Kwang Song.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 0, Napoli 3. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Artur Ionita replaces Simone Padoin.

Mário Rui (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nicolò Barella (Cagliari).

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

Offside, Cagliari. Alessio Cragno tries a through ball, but Han Kwang Song is caught offside.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Luca Ceppitelli.

Foul by Jorginho (Napoli).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 26th February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli26223160154569
2Juventus25212262154765
3Lazio26164664333152
4Inter Milan26149342212151
5Roma26155640211950
6Sampdoria26135846341244
7AC Milan2613583730744
8Atalanta2510873729838
9Torino2681263632436
10Fiorentina269893532335
11Udinese26103133738-133
12Bologna26103133338-533
13Genoa2686122127-630
14Chievo2667132343-2025
15Cagliari2674152341-1825
16Sassuolo2665151546-3123
17Crotone2656152347-2421
18SPAL2648142649-2320
19Hellas Verona2654172451-2719
20Benevento2631221860-4210
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