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Napoli 5-1 Empoli: Dries Mertens scores hat-trick in comfortable win

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens is the joint-second top scorer in Serie A with seven goals - level with Cristiano Ronaldo

Dries Mertens scored a wonderful hat-trick as Napoli thrashed Empoli to move into second place in Serie A.

Lorenzo Insigne slotted home from Kalidou Koulibaly's ball to open the scoring before a brilliant 25-yard Mertens strike.

Francesco Caputo gave Empoli hope but another fine Mertens shot from outside the box put Napoli 3-1 up.

Arkadiusz Milik scored a fourth, before Mertens rounded the goalkeeper to score his third goal in injury time.

Napoli overtake Inter Milan into second place, while Empoli remain in the relegation zone with one win so far.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-4-2

  • 27Karnezis
  • 2Malcuit
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 23Hysaj
  • 8RuizSubstituted forCallejónat 63'minutes
  • 30RogSubstituted forAllanat 63'minutes
  • 42Diawara
  • 20ZielinskiSubstituted forMilikat 83'minutes
  • 14Mertens
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 5Allan
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 7Callejón
  • 11Ounas
  • 17Hamsik
  • 22D'Andrea
  • 25Ospina
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 33Albiol
  • 99Milik

Empoli

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Provedel
  • 2Di LorenzoBooked at 86mins
  • 26Silvestre
  • 22Maietta
  • 13Antonelli
  • 18AcquahSubstituted forZajcat 67'minutes
  • 10BennacerBooked at 42mins
  • 8Traore
  • 33KrunicSubstituted forPasqualat 68'minutes
  • 48UcanSubstituted forLa Guminaat 79'minutes
  • 11Caputo

Substitutes

  • 4Brighi
  • 5Veseli
  • 6Zajc
  • 20La Gumina
  • 21Terracciano
  • 23Pasqual
  • 27Untersee
  • 28Capezzi
  • 29Marcjanik
  • 32Rasmussen
  • 66Mráz
  • 99Fulignati
Referee:
Luca Pairetto

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

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. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne with a through ball following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matías Silvestre (Empoli) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Manuel Pasqual with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Nikola Maksimovic.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Luca Antonelli (Empoli).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Napoli 4, Empoli 1. Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

  9. Post update

    Ismael Bennacer (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli).

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Empoli) because of an injury.

  13. Booking

    Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Empoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Empoli).

  15. Post update

    Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luca Antonelli (Empoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Miha Zajc (Empoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luca Antonelli.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Arkadiusz Milik replaces Piotr Zielinski.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Orestis Karnezis.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 2nd November 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus109102171428
2Napoli1181224121225
3Inter Milan107121661022
4AC Milan105322014618
5Lazio106041312118
6Fiorentina10433168815
7Sampdoria10433147715
8Roma104331713415
9Sassuolo104331716115
10Torino103521212014
11Genoa104241619-314
12Cagliari10343911-213
13Parma104151014-413
14Atalanta103341712512
15SPAL10406813-512
16Udinese102351015-59
17Bologna10235814-69
18Empoli111371020-106
19Frosinone10127924-155
20Chievo10028826-18-1
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