January 23 2019
Napoli crushes Cagliari
28 February 2018

Stretches winning streak to 11 games, moves four points clear at the top

Napoli moved four points clear at the top of Serie A with an impressive 5-0 away rout of struggling Cagliari on Monday as it stretched its winning streak to 11 games.

First-half goals from Jose Maria Callejon and Dries Mertens set Napoli on its way before Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne and a late Mario Rui strike wrapped up the points.

Napoli has 69 points from 26 games ahead of champion Juventus, whose home game against Atalanta at the Allianz Stadium was postponed on Sunday due to heavy snowfall.


Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri fielded an adventurous 4-3-3 formation with attacking midfielders Hamsik and Allan behind a three-pronged attack and it paid off handsomely.

Spaniard Callejon scored in the 29th minute with a neat finish from 12 metres after a darting run and cross from the right by Brazilian Allan. Belgium forward Mertens doubled the lead shortly before half-time when he turned in an Elseid Hysaj cross from close range as Napoli took control.

Slovakian Hamsik made it 3-0 and celebrated his 99th league goal for Napoli with a thunderbolt from 18 metres just past the hour mark before Insigne added the fourth with a penalty in the 72nd after defender Leandro Castan handled the striker’s shot.

Left-back Rui put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute as he curled a superb free-kick which left the goalkeeper Alessio Cragno rooted to the spot.

The results: La Liga: Levante 0 lost to Real Betis 2 (Chema 55-og, Leon 69).

Serie A: Cagliari 0 lost to Napoli 5 (Callejon 29, Mertens 42, Hamsik 61, Insigne 72-pen, Rui 90).

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund 1 (Reus 16) drew with Augsburg 1 (Danso 73).



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