Saturday, 4 March 2017

Serie A Saturday Roundup: Napoli Win, AC Milan Beat Chievo To Move Ahead Inter

Here's Saturday's Serie A roundup...

AC Milan 3 - 1 ChievoVerona

A Carlos Bacca brace and a Gianluca Lapadula penalty saw AC Milan beat Chievo 3-1 to move ahead of rivals Inter into sixth place in Serie A.

Bacca put Milan up in the 24th minute against the run of play as he delivered a right-footed finish to open the scoring.

Chievo's Serge Gakpe was pulled down by Mattia De Sciglio in the area late in the first half, and Jonathan de Guzman stepped up to fire home the penalty, to equalise the proceedings.

Bacca had a chance to give his team the lead minutes later from the penalty spot, after Bostjan Cesar was whistled for a handball in the area. But Bacca fired his penalty over the bar, to keep things level heading into the half.

But Bacca would not be denied in the 70th minute. Milan added a third from the penalty spot to seal the game.

Lapadula stepped up to give his side the two-goal advantage and move ahead of rivals Inter with a game in hand.

Roma 1 - 2 SSC Napoli

Napoli boosted their automatic Champions League qualification hopes by beating Roma in a game which leaves Juventus a step closer to the Serie A title.

Dries Mertens' double for Napoli has taken them to within two points of second-placed Roma, while Juventus will move 10 points clear if they beat Udinese on Sunday.

Belgium attacker Mertens dinked home Marek Hamsik's through ball to open the scoring and converted Lorenzo Insigne's pass to make it 2-0.

Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi was fortunate not to be sent off when he kicked keeper Pepe Reina.

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri was dismissed for his protests.

Kevin Strootman scored late on for Roma, and Diego Perotti almost levelled in injury time with Reina producing a magnificent save to deny him.

Sampdoria 3 - 1 Pescara

Goals from Bruno Fernandes, Fabio Quagliarella and Patrik Schick help Sampdoria beat Pescara 3-1 at Luigi Ferraris.

Alberto Cerri pulled one back for the away team.

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