Sunday, 4 February 2018

Serie A Round-up: Napoli Beat Benevento, Juve Thrash Sassuolo, While Milan-Udinese Draw

Napoli maintained their one-point advantage at the top of Serie A with victory at bottom side Benevento
The visitors went ahead in the first half through Dries Mertens' clever turn and chip into the far corner.Lorenzo Insigne's lob struck the bar before Marek Hamsik tucked home from close range early in the second half.

Benevento were given a penalty for a foul in the box, but the Video Assistant Referee spotted an offside in the lead-up and changed the decision.

The top-flight debutants remain rooted to the bottom, having now collected just seven points from 23 games and are 13 points adrift of safety. 

Gonzalo Higuain scored a second-half hat-trick as Juventus routed Sassuolo 7-0.

Juve were already four goals to the good at half-time, Sami Khedira's brace sandwiched by strikes from Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic.

And Higuain took centre stage after the interval, scoring in the 63rd, 74th and 83rd minutes to give the scoreline an emphatic look.
AC Milan were held 1-1 at Udinese after having a player sent off and then conceding an own goal.

Suso rifled Gennaro Gattuso's team ahead in the ninth minute with a 30-metre shot but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Davide Calabria was sent off for a second booking in the 68th minute.

Suso's goal in the ninth minute was a thing of beauty

Udinese equalised eight minutes later with a Kevin Lasagna shot which deflected off a defender before goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tipped it into his own goal.

Cagliari picked up an important three points against relegation rivals SPAL.

Luca Cigarini scored in the first half and Marco Sau made the game safe in the second to lift the Sardinians seven points clear of their opponents who occupy the top relegation position.

Fiorentina won 2-1 at Bologna, with goals from Jordan Veretout and Federico Chiesa either side of Eric Pulgar's equaliser, while Gianluca Mancini earned Atalanta a 1-0 win over Chievo.

TODAY'S ITALIAN SERIE A RESULTS IN FULL:

Hellas Verona 0 - 1 Roma

Atalanta 1 - 0 ChievoVerona

Bologna 1 - 2 Fiorentina

Cagliari 2 - 0 SPAL 2013

Juventus 7 - 0 Sassuolo

Udinese 1 - 1 AC Milan

Benevento 0 - 2 SSC Napoli

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