Belfast Telegraph

Sports Awards

Home Sport Football

Juventus thrash Sassuolo but Napoli remain top of Serie A

Leaders Napoli won 2-0 at rock-bottom Benevento to maintain their one-point advantage at the top.

Gonzalo Higuain scored a second-half hat-trick as Juventus routed Sassuolo 7-0 to keep the pressure on Napoli in the Serie A title battle.

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.

Leaders Napoli did not slip up in the evening kick-off however, winning 2-0 at rock-bottom Benevento to maintain their one-point advantage at the top.

Dries Mertens opened the scoring in the 20th minute, before Marek Hamsik doubled the advantage two minutes into the second half.

Roma had earlier won 1-0 at Hellas Verona, rising star Cengiz Under with the goal inside a minute.

The Giallorossi lost Lorenzo Pellegrini to a red card early in the second half but held on for the three points.

Ten-man AC Milan, though, were held to a 1-1 draw at Udinese.

The visitors took an early lead through Suso but Davide Calabria’s dismissal and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s unfortunate own goal – the ball going in off his arm after Kevin Lasagna’s cross deflected off Leonardo Bonucci and deceived him – pegged them back.

Atalanta climbed above Milan and into seventh as Gianluca Mancini’s goal 18 minutes from time saw off sliding Chievo.

Fiorentina were 2-1 winners at Bologna, moving them four points clear of their mid-table rivals.

bpanews_573c8f56-e4cb-4646-bb39-1d9090785591_embedded234792318
Luca Cigarini scored Cagliari’s first goal

The visitors were ahead in the 41st minute when Jordan Veretout’s inswinging corner appeared to be deflected in by goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Bologna were level when Erick Pulgar scored direct from a corner three minutes later – but Federico Chiesa won it for Fiorentina 19 minutes from time.

Cagliari are up to 13th after beating relegation rivals SPAL 2-0.

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.

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph