Higuain inspires Napoli win as Inter stumble again

The former Real Madrid forward scored twice as Maurizio Sarri’s men came from behind to earn a victory over Sassuolo, while Inter dropped points with a 1-1 draw at Atalanta


Gonzalo Higuain netted a brace as Napoli extended their lead at the top of Serie A with a 3-1 win over Sassuolo on Saturday.

With Inter losing 1-0 to the same opposition last weekend, Napoli were well aware of the possible banana skin, but cruised to victory after Jose Callejon cancelled out Diego Falcinelli’s third-minute penalty.

That was Callejon’s first Serie A goal since April 2015, but his fellow former Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain has been far more prolific and the Argentina international then took centre-stage.

Higuain timed his run superbly to convert Marek Hamsik’s cutback three minutes before half-time and he scored his 20th goal in as many league matches deep into second-half stoppage time.

Inter, meanwhile, suffered a setback in their attempt to win the Scudetto, drawing 1-1 at Atalanta.

Roberto Mancini’s men fell behind due to an early Jeison Murillo own-goal at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, but Rafael Toloi soon followed suit by slicing into his own net to give Inter a point, though they are now four behind Napoli.

Champions Juventus will be Napoli’s nearest challengers, two points behind, if they win at Udinese on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Ciro Immobile opened the scoring with a penalty on his Torino return and Andrea Belotti netted a brace before setting up Marco Benassi in Torino’s 4-2 win over third-bottom Frosinone.

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